Georgia Power plans to add two new reactors at Plant Vogtle, a nuclear power plant near Waynesboro, Georgia. Studies completed in mid-June by the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) found evidence for a much higher rate of cancer deaths in children after the plant went online in the late 1980s.
Georgia Power has now struck back with press releases to the Atlanta Journal Constitution and other news outlets which cast aspersions on the reputation of the scientists responsible for the BREDL studies. As evidence for the safety of Plant Vogtle, Georgia Power cites a six-year study of cancer rates within a 50-mile radius of the Savannah River Site (SRS), conducted by University of South Carolina/Emory University and financed by the United States Department of Energy. While the SRS study does have some bearing on the cancer risks associated with nuclear power plants located elsewhere in Georgia and throughout the southeastern United States, it would seem that Georgia Power should specifically address the findings reported by BREDL for Plant Vogtle. This strikes me as trying to dodge a bullet.