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River Bend Station Unit 3, St. Francisville, Louisiana

STATUS:  In progress; NRC review currently suspended

TYPE: Nuclear

OPPOSITION:  Public Citizen; Alliance for Affordable Energy
PROSPECTS:  Indeterminate 

BACKGROUND:  In September 2008, Entergy Corp. filed an application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to build and operate a 1,550-megawatt Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR) at its River Bend Station site in St. Francisville. The estimated cost for the reactor was $6.2 billion. The project stalled early on, with Entergy and GE Hitachi unable to come to terms on cost structure for the ESBWR.  On January 9, 2009, Entergy informed the NRC that it was considering alternate reactor design technologies and requested the NRC suspend its review effort until further notice.   Public Citizen and other nuclear watchdog groups are opposing the project.  Taking issue with Entergy Corporation’s Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, the Alliance for Affordable Energy states that “Vermont Yankee should serve as a warning to Louisiana residents about the dangers nuclear plants pose to our health and safety” and that “nuclear power is not safe or clean, and Entergy Corporation clearly cannot be trusted to maintain these plants safely or to even supply accurate information about the risks they pose.”

SOURCES:  NRC (http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/new-reactors/col/river-bend.html);
The Times Picayune (http://www.nola.com/business/t-p/index.ssf?/base//money-1/12224065144730.xml&coll=1);
Power Magazine (http://www.powermag.com/POWERnews/1657.html);
World Nuclear News (http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NN_River_Bend_application_goes_in_2609081.html);
Public Citizen (http://www.citizen.org/Page.aspx?pid=656);
Alliance for Affordable Energy (http://www.all4energy.org/news/vermont-yankee-radioactive-leak-lies-and-warning-louisiana).

Last Updated:  November 8, 2010