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PSC staff says cancel Vogtle if project remains ‘uneconomic’

Analysts appointed by the Georgia Public Service Commission to evaluate progress at plant Vogtle in Augusta say the project should be cancelled as Georgia Power failed to manage it in a “reasonable manner.” “Completion of the project is no longer economic given the additional costs and schedule delays,” the analysts said in written testimony to commissioners. They recommended that a reasonable Total Project Cost be set at $8.3 billion, $3.9 billion less than what Georgia Power estimates for project completion. The experts opposed Georgia Power and partner company requests to…

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Chatterjee to activist actor Cromwell: ‘Come at me bro!’

Dive Brief: The acting chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission criticized a celebrity anti-pipeline protestor in personal Facebook posts that critics say are unusual for the nation’s head energy regulator. Acting Chairman Neil Chatterjee targeted actor James Cromwell in two posts after he disrupted a FERC open meeting last month to protest a pipeline in New York. “Come at me bro!” Chatterjee wrote above a screenshot from Cromwell’s page. The acting FERC chair also referenced potential political ambitions, writing that any run for public office in the future would…

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Will you help us fight for justice in 2018?

We Need You in the Fight As a member of the Innocence Project’s community, you know that we do more than fight to overturn wrongful convictions. We also work to improve the system by advocating for policies that prevent and reveal wrongful convictions, and help the exonerated rebuild their lives. Among the reforms we focus on are: Preventing wrongful convictions through best practices including eyewitness identification reform, recording interrogations, jailhouse informant regulations and prosecutor disclosure of key evidence for defendants. Revealing wrongful convictions by improving access to DNA testing and…

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Environment News 

US Sailors Face Grim Diagnoses After Fukushima Mission

(CN) – To serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, you must meet certain health and fitness requirements: you must be fit to serve. But a healthy group of young service men and women – many in their 20s – have come down with serious health problems since serving on a humanitarian mission to Fukushima, Japan, following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that led to a nuclear meltdown of the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TepCo) nuclear power plant. Service members have faced cancer, brain tumors, birth defects, and other rare health…

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How Trump’s Plan to Help Coal [and Nuclear] Will Raise People’s Power Bills

Electricity may flow like water but the process of getting it into your home or office is more complicated than gravity pulling liquid downhill from a reservoir to tap. In between power plants and electric outlets lie complicated regional markets where prices are shaped by factors that go beyond daily supply and demand. Those wholesale markets were designed so consumers benefit from competition while ensuring the lights stay on. They’re also where U.S. President Donald Trump is turning as his administration tries to figure out ways of keeping financially ailing…

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The Japanese Government Is Lying to the International Community: the Radiological Situation in and around Fukushima is NOT Safe

 Appeal from a Japanese Anti-nuclear Activist Etsuji Watanabe Nov.29 2017 Revised (Oct.12 2017) Etsuji Watanabe: Member of the Japanese anti-radiation citizen-scientist group ACSIR (Association for Citizens and Scientists Concerned about Internal Radiation Exposures) Special thanks to Mrs Yuko Kato, Mr Ruiwen Song, Ms Nozomi Ishizu, Mrs Kurly Burch, Ms Jennifer Alpern, and Mark Bennett Yuko Kato: Evacuee from Fukushima, member of the Kansai plaintiff group for compensation against TEPCO and government Ruiwen Song: Taiwanese freelance journalist. The Japanese government has created foreign language websites which provide the information about radiology in…

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Leroy Harris: Freedom at a Cost

Last week, on Thanksgiving day, Innocence Project client Leroy Harris was reunited with more than 100 members of his family after spending almost 30 years in prison in Connecticut for a robbery and sexual assault that new evidence—including exculpatory DNA testing results and serious prosecutorial misconduct—strongly suggests he didn’t commit. His release was the cause of much celebration and relief for Harris and his family but, sadly, it came at a cost. Earlier last week, the sexual assault charge against Harris was dismissed, but in order to be released, Harris…

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