Concerns Over Nuclear Power Expansion

Oct 26, 2007 12:17 PM
KXAN36 News

Using alternative fuels has long been a top priority for the City of Austin, but a possible push to expand nuclear power has some city leaders worried.

That concern means Austin is asking our neighbors in San Antonio not to rush forward with plans to expand current nuclear power plant sites.

The reason environmental groups, as well as some city leaders, spoke on their worries Friday is because on Monday in San Antonio, public utility company CPS Energy will decide whether it wants to add two new nuclear reactors as part of the South Texas Project that's already in Bay City, Texas, about 75 miles south of Houston.

Environmental groups in Austin are concerned about the possible toxic footprint that would be left because of the reactors. They feel the vote is being rushed.

Construction costs are estimated at $6 billion, but groups said that number is underestimated.

The CPS Energy board in San Antonio owns 40 percent of the South Texas Project, but Austin is also a part-owner.

The meeting on Monday starts at 2 p.m., and there will be a time for public comment.

KXAN Austin News will let you know what happens during that vote.

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