Judge rules against environmentalists on SC plants

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Federal regulatory judges have rejected a request from an environmental group who objects to Duke Energy's plan for two nuclear reactors in northern South Carolina.

The Greenville News reported Tuesday that Atomic Safety and Licensing Board judges ruled against 11 objections of an environmental group about the reactors near Gaffney.

The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League questioned the impact of the plants on water supplies, global warming and other issues.

The judges said the group failed to submit appropriate issues to be considered.

Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League science director Louis Zeller says the group is considering appealing to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Duke Energy spokeswoman Rita Sipe says the Charlotte, N.C., company is pleased with the decision.

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(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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