N.C. Waste Awareness and Reduction Network, a Durham-based anti-nuke group, is pushing ahead in its longshot effort to block Progress Energy's application for a federal license to build two new nuclear reactors at the Shearon Harris site in Wake County.
N.C. WARN, as the watchdog group is called, today asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to keep alive its case opposing the licensing application. N.C. WARN's case was tossed last month by the NRC's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, and the group wants the NRC to reconsider.
If the NRC agrees with the licensing board, N.C. WARN will likely appeal to a federal court, said N.C. WARN director Jim Warren.
N.C. WARN has filed 11 objections to the license application by Raleigh-based Progress. The group says that the design of the nuclear reactor is still being modified, that Progress low-balled the cost of the project, that the existing reactor at the site violates fire safety standards, that the site is vulnerable to terrorist air attack, and that local authorities lack an adequate emergency evacuation plan for the highly populated area in Southwestern Wake County, among other allegations.