After reading the article, "NRC: License for Georgia nuke plant likely in 2012," posted on your website Aug. 11, I see five major problems. Congress and the world should be aware of these.
Why are these reactors being made in China, but still getting funding through loan guarantees from the U.S.?
Where will the applicant -- the Southern Co. -- decide to put the nuclear by-products since President Barack Obama has already determined that the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada will not be opened?
The Augusta, Ga., area already has storage problems with Savannah River Site nuclear waste not being accepted at Yucca Mountain, and this is just across the Savannah River from Plant Vogtle.
Nuclear power plants consume tremendous amounts of water, which is vaporized, and much of that water will not be returned to the Savannah River. Beaufort and Hilton Head Island are among the communities that depend on the river for drinking water. That water is also used by Savannah, and possibly Atlanta in the future. Besides that, if there's a whole lot less water, how will it affect the Savannah port and the proposed dredging?
Why isn't our overabundant supply of cheap natural gas being used? It burns clean, with no ash or nuclear waste.