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lindisfarne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-15-09 08:52 PM
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4. Yes, and now, even costs are being claimed to be trade secrets in attempts to obscure the truth.
In contrast to this transparency, many nuclear promoters have adopted a Black Box approach. It has unfortunately been the case over the last couple of years that some utilities have begun to claim that even rudimentary basics of their nuclear cost estimates must be hidden from the public as trade secrets. For instance, in the South Carolina Electric & Gas proposal to build two reactors now under consideration by the South Carolina PSC, there is literally a large box obscuring the bulk of the calculations in the SC E&G Exhibit which presents the utilitys projection of construction and financing costs for the proposed two-unit facility. In a different case, Duke Energy claimed that it does not even have to disclose its new cost estimates for a proposed nuclear facility in Cherokee County, S.C.. In the Duke case, C. Dukes Scott, South Carolinas consumer advocate, who represents the public in utility rate cases, noted, If the cost wasnt confidential in February, Scott said, how is it confidential in April?

more at http://climateprogress.org/2009/01/05/study-cost-risks-...
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