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Will nuclear power make a comeback?

What will it mean for Lodi if it does?

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Posted: Saturday, March 6, 2010 12:00 am

Nuclear power, unpopular in many circles for the past four decades, may be making a comeback in California.

It doesn't appear nuclear power will benefit the Lodi-Galt area, however; at least not anytime soon.

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  • posted at 3:25 pm on Sun, Mar 7, 2010.


    Pre$$ure$onAre you trying to put Uncle Larry out of a job?I love it how can I help? LOL

  • posted at 1:45 pm on Sun, Mar 7, 2010.


    Why doesn't CCHansen and the NCPA talk about the co-gen plant that sits rusting away at White Slough now? Another LEUD-NCPA project a while back that can't be ysed because it can't conform to the newer EPA smog regulations? What will be done with that structure that's just rotting away and useless unless it were to be upgraded to meet the regulations? And has LEUD_NCPA_CCHansen considered upgrading rather than building another gas fired plant that also will be obsolete in another 5 years or so. You'd think that CCHansen, LEUD and the city of Lodi would have learned their lesson when the NCPA took them foor a ride in 2005. Forrest Gump was right -"stupid is as stupid does". And if Lodi has to come up with the $10,000,000+ when Modesto pulls out, where will that money come from chairman CCHansen?

  • posted at 12:06 pm on Sun, Mar 7, 2010.


    Davidpzk, the NCPA is on the cheap with everything they touch. That's why prop 16 is going to be on the ballot this June and I urge everyone to vote yes. Do you realize that inferior power brokers are involved in risky buys day after day and are considered the most probable reason to either bankrupt a city or cause them to lose their bond ratings with their careless methoods and management? With CCHansen as chairman of the board of the Northern California Power Association, would you really trust them with a cent of your money? As they did in 2005, lackadaisically buying power when the market was very volatile and made a sour buy that cost Lodi higher, 67%, I believe, rates to Lodi users and almost $200,000,000 debt for LEUD? Why is Lodi even still dealing with them? Maybe because CCHansen could be wheeling and dealing in the back room? Who sent Mr. Morrow down the road? I don't believe for a minute he left on his own. That's not what rumor says. Why isn't the interim manager of LEUD involved in any of these issues and CCHansen giving the orders? Observer, you are so right. Sell LEUD.

  • posted at 11:47 am on Sun, Mar 7, 2010.


    davidpzk: Thanks to you and Google, I just read about the Westinghouse AP1000 Nuclear Reactor. It`s a shame more people are not aware of it. The most surprising fact is, that from the time the first concrete is poured to the time the fuel rods are in place, 36 months start to finish. Quite a remarkable achevement. To think this country could produce most if not all the power needed without adding to global warming, ( if there is such a thing ) without using any natural resources. We are already 10 years late, if Obama doesn`t do anything else right, hopefully he will sign on to nuclear power.

  • posted at 8:00 am on Sun, Mar 7, 2010.


    Why are we partnering with the French AREVA company to build this plant? The Westing House AP1000 design is far superior to the French AREVA design.

  • posted at 7:07 am on Sun, Mar 7, 2010.


    Nuclear power should never have had to make a comeback. If we had proceed properly years ago nuclear power would be our major source of power. Too bad.

  • posted at 2:09 pm on Sat, Mar 6, 2010.


    What to do with used Fuel rod’s, simple ask the French…American ingenuity is lagging behind Europe in many ways, I believe It’s time that changed, what say you???

  • posted at 12:04 pm on Sat, Mar 6, 2010.


    Build it, dam it!

  • posted at 10:41 am on Sat, Mar 6, 2010.


    Whichever way you pronounce it dogs, it's the power of the future and with all the advancements in seismically constructing buildings and plants, the technology is there to build a nuclear plant safer than any structure that's ever been built. Again, the only problem is finding a place to store those spent fuel rods. I was watching the science channel last week about the windmills and was always wondering why they were stopped when the wind was blowing away. It's because they have brakes and shutdown systems that lock them in a stopped position because if they get too much velocity of windpower they will shutter and shake and spin their own blades off. I would have never have known. And the flying debris will destroy other windmills along with them.

  • posted at 10:30 am on Sat, Mar 6, 2010.


    Journey, your right on the button why should we build more nuklr Plant’s. let the Europeans beat the pant’s off America when it comes to Nuclear power, the reuse of Nuclear fuel rods, of Clean Diesel and Wind power, hell it just shows how lame this country has become. We were even buying wind turbines from China till congress put a stop to it.. Diablo Canyon has run for25 years and new turbines were put in over the past year and it runs on witha generation capacity for over 1 million homes.. No matter what Obama says there is no such wonder fuel as Clean Coal…

  • posted at 10:07 am on Sat, Mar 6, 2010.


    Journey, earthquakes have happened in areas where quakes have never occurred in the past. Mother earth is not the most stable of planets, at one time the Auburn dam had the potential of creating a lake for recreaton and a vast water supply, an fault line put the breakes on that. It never really got past the planing stages, and we can all hope and pray that the big one never strikes Hover Dam, other wise Vegas will be without power and Laughlin, Navada will end up in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • posted at 8:57 am on Sat, Mar 6, 2010.


    I have been a cheerleader for Nuclear Power for years. PG&E`s Diablo Caynon is the best run most efficent Nuclear Power plant in the country. The power it produces would equal all those wind power gizmo`s in the state and then some. The Three Mile incident was caused by man, the operators were not taught properly in the operaton of the plant, you cannot cool the reactor by shuting off the water, which is what happened, never the less no one was killed or injured. The spent fuel rods are still on site at Diablo Canyon and remain a problem as far as storage is concerned. The French rely on Nuclear Power as their main source of producing power and have found a way to recycle the spent fuel rods, seems the USA lags behind in the disposal of the spent fuel rods. And BTW it`s pronounced nuclur.

  • posted at 4:51 am on Sat, Mar 6, 2010.


    Don't we need more nu-cu-lar plants? It will have to be so eventually, so why not begin now? It will be the demise of smaller electrical utilities such as Lodi electric, who don't have the resources or funds to build anything larger than a gas fired pollution belching co-generation plant.

  • posted at 2:42 am on Sat, Mar 6, 2010.


    I wonder if earthquake-prone areas of the country are the best places to build nuclear power plants?

  • posted at 1:56 am on Sat, Mar 6, 2010.



  • posted at 1:55 am on Sat, Mar 6, 2010.


    How ironic that so many of those standing in the way of progress call themselves Progressives.

  • posted at 1:54 am on Sat, Mar 6, 2010.


    Lift the moratorium. Build nuclear power plants. Too many skeptics caused the shutdown of Rancho Seco. Instead of having Rancho Seco online we'll have to start all over again. Unless the powers to be are smart enough to realize those reactor towers are just as safe as they were when they bulit the plant and just just update the facility. This seems like a reasonable approach. But then when was all the red type involved to get the ball rolling a reasonable approach? I'd say get rid of those standing in the way of progress.



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