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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

SHHH - WE HAVE SECRETS, BELLEFONTE - Scottsboro City Council Duel Sessions - Work Session, Part 1; Regular Session Part 2; Solid Waste Authority - No Report, but Speculation and Deceit Regarding the Bellefonte Nuclear Facility

Scottsboro City Hall, photo by G. Morgan

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE- December 14, 2016 I have confirmed from separate sources that officials of Nuclear Development LLC and Mr. Frank Haney met with local political leadership in secret last Thursday at 1:30pm at The Council on Aging to discuss a time frame regarding Nuclear Development LLC at the Bellefonte Nuclear Facility. Members of the Scottsboro City Council, Jackson County Commission and other political entities and the Jackson County EDA attended the December 8, 2016 secret meeting. No local press were invited to this important meeting. According to sources interviewed, introductions were made and Nuclear Development LLC laid out its plans to begin construction toward the end of 2017. Upon contacting TVA it was revealed that no sale has been completed. Before the sale is completed, Nuclear Development LLC must provide a 60 day notice in order that TVA may vacate the premises. TVA will issue a major Press Release once the sale of the Bellefonte Nuclear Facility is completed. Once the sale is completed, Nuclear Development LLC will have to request a change in the nuclear construction license before they may begin any work on the Bellefonte Nuclear Facility, more on that below.

The Deceivers Dreamscape - Bellefonte Nuclear Facility depicting Units 1, 2, 3 and 4. Cost for a 4 unit completion $43 billion dollars; cost of Units 1 and 2  completion $15 billion dollars in today's money. Unit 1 is 55% complete, Unit 2 is 35% complete. The entire facility was cannibalized in the  2006-2007 time frame when the plant's nuclear construction license was cancelled. In 2009, 2010 time frame the plants construction license was reinstated. More from the Chattanooga Times Free Press: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2016/nov/15/reviving-nuclear-powerhaney-pay-111-millifini/397760/
TVA EIS photo, Fair Use for non-profit news reporting and commentary.
TVA further commented in the below linked sale notice/press release, they no longer have a need for power.

 Public Works/Solid Waste Director Director Eddie Blizzard delivered a request for additional vehicles and landfill space based on speculation of growth regarding the Bellefonte Nuclear Facility. According to Blizzard, Bellefonte construction will begin "sometime in 2017,"  based on what the unnamed people from the nuclear plant told him.

"The need is there and it will be coming a lot faster than what we saw back in the 70's, for those of you who remember that far back, when you bring 5000-6000 people into this area, it gets crowded here, we are anticipating a lot of growth..." according to Mr. Blizzard.  

Unfortunately, Mr. Blizzard did not fulfill his responsibilities to provide an annual required Solid Waste Report, instead he provided speculation on the Bellefonte Nuclear Facility.

Many local businesses have suffered because of TVA's failed promises. Local public officials deceiving the public is uncalled for after the financial loss the community has suffered due to bad management of the TVA regarding Bellefonte. The proposal to spend millions of dollars on landfill space and additional vehicles based on a word of mouth notice without any official notice regarding future construction plans of Bellefonte would not be a smart decision by the city council.

 There has been no change in the license status of Bellefonte. Before construction may begin by another nuclear corporation, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission requires a new or amended license application from the new owners. Before any such change takes place a public meeting will be held by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and published in the Federal Register.

  The  official statement of the TVA says in part, "As part of the deal, TVA requires Nuclear Development, LLC to make a $25 million minimum investment in the Bellefonte property during the five-year period following the closing. This minimum investment will promote economic development activities in Jackson County, Ala....Nuclear Development, LLC has up to two years to close on the property. Until then, TVA will maintain the site." More official info on the TVA Bellefonte Nuclear sale may be found at: https://www.tva.com/Newsroom/Press-Releases/TVA-Completes-Bellefonte-Sale

(click on image for an expanded view)


                                AGENDA OF REGULAR SESSION


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