Citizens Groups Win Right to a Hearing for
Comanche Peak Intervention
For Immediae Release
August 21, 2009
Karen Hadden, 512-797-8481 SEED Coalition
Robert V. Eye 785-234-4040 Attorney for Interveners
Citizen opposition to more nuclear reactors at Comanche Peak continues. On August 6th the Atomic
Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) Panel found that Luminant had failed to adequately analyze issues
brought by concerned citizens in their Petition to Intervene in the proposed expansion at
Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant.
"This is a major victory for those living near Comanche Peak and throughout Texas," says Karen Hadden,
Executive Director of Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) Coalition. "The ASLB
Panel has recognized in their decision that Luminant has not sufficiently analyzed alternatives to nuclear
power as the law requires."
The Comanche Peak Interveners (formerly referred to as Petitioners) include SEED Coalition, Public
Citizen, Ft. Worth-based True Cost of Nukes and Texas Representative Lon Burnam, District 90, Ft.
Worth. On June 10th-11th, the Interveners' attorney, Robert V. Eye, went before the designated ASLB
Panel and argued the admissibility of the 19 contentions filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
on April 6th challenging the adequacy of Luminant's application to construct and operate Comanche Peak
Units 3 and 4. Four months later, the ASLB Panel found that two of the contentions deserved further
inquiry and delayed a decision on the Interveners' contention dealing with the Luminant's lack of plans to
deal with catastrophic fires and/or explosions.
"The Environmental Report in Luminant's application is seriously flawed," says Mr. Eye. "The
collocation of Comanche Peak Units 1 and 2 and the proposed Units 3 and 4 is never considered in light
of various accident and radiological release scenarios. A radiological accident at one unit could cause
collateral impacts and disruptions in operations at the other units, and Luminant should have considered
The contentions admitted for further adjudication in the August 6th ASLB decision are as follows:
Contention 13. Impacts from a severe radiological accident at any one unit on operation of other units at the
Comanche Peak site have not been, and should be, considered in the Environmental Report.
Contention 18. The Comanche Peak Environmental Report is inadequate because it fails to include
consideration of alternatives to the proposed Comanche Peak Units 3 and 4, consisting of combinations of
renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power, with technological advances in storage methods
and supplemental use of natural gas, to create baseload power.