Another reason Georgia and Georgia Power Company SUX!

Attorney General: Customers must pay Plant Vogtle charges up front

Russell Grantham The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
1:59 p.m Thursday, July 6, 2017

One of the Plant Vogtle reactors under construction. Photo: Georgia Power
To AJC Story

Customers must keep paying a financing surcharge for the troubled Plant Vogtle nuclear project, according to the Georgia Attorney General’s office.

Georgia Power has collected more than $2 billion in such finance charges from customers since 2011, according to Bobby Baker, a former state utility regulator and Atlanta attorney.

Because of a 2009 state law enacted just after the Vogtle project was authorized, “Georgia Power cannot voluntarily agree” to suspend the surcharges, Senior Assistant Attorney General Daniel Walsh said Wednesday in a letter to state utility regulators.

Atlanta-based Georgia Power, the largest partner in the project, previously said it has no intention to agree to stop collecting the surcharge, which adds roughly $100 a year to the typical residential customer’s bill.

However, the surcharge can apparently be adjusted or frozen at a reduced level.

Georgia Power agreed to cap the surcharge last year in a settlement with the Georgia Public Service Commission.

Under that Oct. 20 settlement, the amount of Vogtle construction costs the finance charge is based upon was capped at $4.4 billion until the project is completed, in effect freezing the amount Georgia Power can collect each year in finance charges.

Georgia Power spokesman Jacob Hawkins said state law requires the company to collect the surcharge, but he declined to answer a question about whether the law allows it to reduce the surcharge. Hawkins said the surcharge “saves customers hundreds of millions of dollars by reducing financing and borrowing costs.”

The opinion from the Attorney General’s office does not appear to address whether the surcharge can be reduced.

Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, on the Georgia Public Service Commission’s five-member board, raised the surcharge issue last month when he proposed that the PSC ask the Atlanta utility to quit collecting the financing charge.

The late-March bankruptcy of Westinghouse Electric, a key contractor on the Plant Vogtle expansion, has raised questions about the viability of the project to build two new reactors at the nuclear plant near Augusta. The project, about a third built, is more than three years behind schedule and over $3 billion over budget.

Given the uncertainty, McDonald said Georgia Power should be asked to suspend collection of the surcharge. The other PSC commissioners instead decided to ask the Attorney General’s office if such a move was legally possible.

In his letter to the PSC, Walsh said the 2009 state law unambiguously stated that the surcharge “shall” be collected — meaning it is mandatory — based on the project’s ongoing construction costs, starting in 2011.

Under heavy lobbying from Georgia Power, state lawmakers passed the Nuclear Energy Financing Act in 2009, shortly after the Vogtle project was approved from the PSC.

Typically, utilities begin recovering the costs of big power plant projects from utility customers after the projects are completed and state regulators have determined which project costs are “prudent.”

This traditional approach “avoids having current ratepayers subsidize future ratepayers” who actually benefit from the long-lived nuclear plant, said Walsh in his opinion. But paying finance charges up-front “may assist in preventing any rate shock” after the project is completed, he added.

Under the 2009 law, customers are paying about $414 million this year in financing charges for the Vogtle expansion, according to Baker, the former PSC commissioner.

Through the end of 2016, customers had paid just under $2 billion in such charges, he said. The cumulative total will reach almost $2.38 billion this year, he said.

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RSOE Emergency and Disaster Information Service:

RSOE Emergency and Disaster Information Service:

2016-01-30 04:34:27 – Biological Hazard – USA

EDIS Code: BH-20160130-51903-USA
Date&Time: 2016-01-30 04:34:27 [UTC]
Continent: North-America
Country: USA
State/Prov.: State of New York,
Location: ,
City: New York City
Number of infected people: 3

Description:
A third case of the Zika virus has been confirmed in the Big Apple – in a pregnant woman who contracted the mosquito-borne infection while traveling overseas. City health officials, after revealing the new case Thursday, sought to calm fears by emphasizing that there’s no risk of acquiring the virus in the five boroughs. The sickened New Yorkers all returned from countries in the Caribbean and Latin America struggling to contend with the rapidly escalating Zika outbreak. The mosquitoes suspected of carrying the disease are not found in New York, officials said. A total of six people in New York State have contracted the virus overseas. The three others hail from Nassau, Orange and Monroe counties, officials said. The disease, which is believed to cause newborns to have unusually small heads and abnormal brain development, poses a special risk to pregnant women. The Centers for Disease Control is advising pregnant women to avoid traveling to roughly two dozen destinations in the Caribbean, Central America and South America. But most people who contract the disease don’t require hospitalization. The new city tally was released as international health officials warned that up to 4 million people across the Americas could be infected with the Zika virus over the next year. World Health Organization Director General Margaret Chan said the virus is “spreading explosively.” “The level of alarm is extremely high,” Chan said. “Arrival of the virus in some cases has been associated with a steep increase in the birth of babies with abnormally small heads.” “The possible links, only recently suspected, have rapidly changed the risk profile of Zika from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions,” Chan added.

The name of Hazard: Zika Fever

Posted:2016-01-30 04:34:27 [UTC]

Obama Announces Large-Scale Gun Grab That Will Affect 4.2 Million SSA Recipients


King Obama
Obama Announces Large-Scale Gun Grab That Will Affect 4.2 Million SSA Recipients
Saturday, July 18, 2015 18:50
http://beforeitsnews.com/opinion-conservative/2015/07/obama-announces-large-scale-gun-grab-that-will-affect-4-2-million-ssa-recipients-3033746.html

Via III Percent Patriots

Obama plans to extend gun background checks to Social Security. The administration will use the same strategy they use to confiscate guns from veterans who have others handle their financial affairs only this will affect a massive 4.2 million Americans. An inability to balance a checkbook could get them banned from owning a gun.]

This is the single most massive gun grab by this administration. If you are elderly, a veteran or disabled, you might have your gun taken away because of Obama’s big brush approach to gun control.

About 4.2 million adults receive monthly benefits that are managed by “representative payees” and they would all be subject to gun confiscation.

Gun rights activists, mental health experts, advocates for the disabled and others are critical of the plan, according to the LA Times.

Handling one’s financial affairs does not correlate to irresponsible gun ownership.

More @ Independent Sentinel

Source: http://freenorthcarolina.blogspot.com/2015/07/obama-announces-large-scale-gun-grab.html

ENENews: TV: “Canadian gov’t detected airborne elements of radioactive pollutants” from Fukushima — “Radioactive materials are still gushing” from plant

TV: “Canadian gov’t detected airborne elements of radioactive pollutants” from Fukushima — “Radioactive materials are still gushing” from plant — “Unexpected difficulties preventing escape of airborne radioactive contaminants” (VIDEO)
Published: June 18th, 2015 at 1:12 pm ET
By ENENews
http://enenews.com/tv-canadian-govt-detected-airborne-elements-radioactive-pollutants-fukushima-radioactive-materials-gushing-plant-unexpected-difficulties-preventing-escape-airborne-radioactive-contaminants-video

Asahi Shimbun, Jun 17, 2015 (emphasis added):EDITORIAL: No more half-baked plans for decommissioning Fukushima reactors.
The government [and TEPCO] announced… removal of spent nuclear fuel from storage pools… will be delayed by up to three years… due to their new policy of “risk reduction over speed.” This delay, right from the start, must mean that the old road map was poorly planned. Are [they] really able to now foretell that the delay will be three years at most? And why was risk reduction not their top priority until now?… In autumn 2013, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared… the situation was “under control.”… it has become abundantly clear that the situation is anything but under control, and that the previous decommissioning road map failed to accurately assess the high level and extensive spread of radiation contamination. Removing debris releases radioactive substances into the atmosphere…
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/views/editorial/AJ201506170050

Mainichi Daily News, Jun 15, 2015: The delay is due to unexpected difficulties preventing the escape of airborne radioactive contaminants during decontamination and wreckage clearing work. Decommissioning reactors at the heart of one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters is of course bound to be extremely difficult, and this reality is coming into sharp relief…
http://mainichi.jp/english/english/perspectives/news/20150615p2a00m0na007000c.html

Asahi Shimbun, Jun 13, 2015: … because of the unprecedented scale and nature of the decommissioning project resulting from the triple meltdown… the rush to move on resulted in only more problems… One of the biggest problems has been… stopping leaks of radiation-contaminated water and dealing with radioactive materials that are still gushing…
INSIGHT: Success of revised decommissioning plan for Fukushima far from a done deal
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201506130054

The Weather Channel transcript, Apr 8 2015: “Radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster is now washing up on the shores of Canada’s Vancouver Island… In November, the Canadian government detected airborne elements of radioactive pollutants in sea water vegetation further off the shores of British Columbia.”
http://www.weather.com/series/great-outdoors/video/radiation-from-the-fukushima-nuclear-power-plant-has-reached-north

Watch the broadcast here

FROM ENENEWS: New York Times Reports The Best Way to Handle Cancer, to Discourage Early Detection (Sounds Like Agents for Agenda 21 to Me)

NYTimes: Doctors want ban on thyroid cancer screenings — “A tsunami of thyroid cancer… Stop the diagnosis… We need to actively discourage early detection” — WSJ: Judge rules nuclear reactors causing thyroid cancers — Study: Fukushima-related tumors can spread very fast, must be closely monitored

Published: November 7th, 2014 at 10:11 am ET
By ENENews
http://enenews.com/nytimes-doctors-call-banning-thyroid-cancer-screening-tsunami-thyroid-cancer-stop-diagnosis-decrease-screening-need-actively-discourage-early-detection?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ENENews+%28Energy+News%29

New York Times, Nov. 5, 2014 (emphasis added): To the shock of many cancer experts, the most common cancer in South Korea… is now thyroid cancer, whose incidence has increased fifteenfold in the past two decades. “A tsunami of thyroid cancer,” as one researcher puts it… Cancer experts agree that the reason for the situation in South Korea and elsewhere is not a real increase in the disease. Instead, it is down to screening… “It’s a warning to us in the U.S. that we need to be very careful in our advocacy of screening,” said Dr. Otis W. Brawley, chief medical officer at the American Cancer Society… some doctors, including Dr. Hyeong Sik Ahn of the College of Medicine at Korea University in Seoul, the first author of the new paper, have called for thyroid cancer screening to be banned… Thyroid experts in the United States are calling for restraint in diagnosing and treating tiny tumors… Dr. R. Michael Tuttle… said the best way… was to “stop the diagnosis… decrease screening”

New York Times Op-ed by H. Gilbert Welch, Nov. 5, 2014: An Epidemic of Thyroid Cancer [in South Korea]?… Nowhere in the world is the rate of any cancer growing faster… Where did all those new thyroid cancers come from? They were always there. As early as 1947 [See: August 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, both ~150 miles from S. Korea] … thyroid cancer was a frequent finding during autopsies. Studies have since shown that over a third of adults have thyroid cancer… Even without a concerted effort to promote screening, thyroid cancer incidence in the United States is up threefold since 1975. To reverse this trend, we need to actively discourage early thyroid cancer detection… having doctors not look too hard for early cancer is in your interest… Too many epidemiologists concern themselves.. with hoping to find small health effects of environmental exposures — or worse, uncertain effects of minor genetic alterations.

Wall St. Journal, Oct 21, 2014: A South Korean court for the first time has ruled in favor of a plaintiff claiming… thyroid cancer was caused by radiation from six nuclear power plants located [5 miles] from her house… “She has lived within 10 km of the plants for over 20 years and has thus been exposed to radiation for a long time. Other than the radiation from the nuclear reactors, there’s no clear reason for her cancer,” the court said… [A] government-commissioned study in 2011… showed women living within 5 km of nuclear plants had 2.5 times higher incidences of thyroid cancer… [In a study of the plaintiff’s county by a] nuclear-power research institute… between July 2010 and December 2013, about 1.4%… were found to have thyroid cancer… in 2011 [women had] 114 cases out of 100,000 [0.11%].

UC San Francisco, Oct. 27, 2014: For the first time, researchers have found that exposure to radioactive iodine is associated with more aggressive forms of thyroid cancer… Lydia Zablotska, MD [said] “Our group has previously shown that exposures to [Chernobyl’s] radioactive iodine significantly increase the risk of thyroid cancer… The new study shows that radiation exposures are also associated with distinct clinical features that are more aggressive”… Zablotska said the findings have implications for those exposed to [Fukushima’s] radioactive iodine fallout… “children or adolescents to the fallout are at highest risk and should probably be screened for thyroid cancer regularly, because these cancers are aggressive, and they can spread really fast… Clinicians should be aware of the aggressiveness of radiation-associated tumors and closely monitor those at high risk.”… radioactive iodine [exposures] are associated with a whole spectrum of thyroid diseases… Thyroid cancer is ordinarily rare among children, with less than one new case per million diagnosed each year… [In the study] researchers diagnosed 158 thyroid cancers among 11,664 [13,546 per million] subjects…

See also: Japan Expert: Outbreak of cancer now underway in children after Fukushima; Clear evidence of epidemic — Official: Would be disastrous to conclude it’s actually from Fukushima

Before It’s News has recently received the following email from John DiNardo who has requested that it be published in full.

Special-Ops Dire Ebola Warning! Ebola Vaccine Is Trigger For The Plague!
Saturday, October 11, 2014 8:23

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Before It’s News has recently received the following email from John DiNardo who has requested that it be published in full. The email contains information gleened from a special-ops source within the United States military who warns that the Ebola vaccine is most likely the trigger for the coming Ebola plague. Videos below include the 3rd one from KafkaWinstonWorld called “US MILITARY IN EBOLA HOT ZONE; ISRAELI MILITARY NOT GOING; ENTIRE COUNTRIES MAY BE VACCINATED!”.

I received the following information from an ex-military guy whom I have known for about eight years. He served in special operations. I’m recalling some of the many things he said.

He suspects that the 1,600 US Army troops who were recently sent to Africa to contend with the Ebola threat are to be exposed to this Ebola virus (which is not the true Zaire Ebola, but a man-made variant; you’ll find out why in a moment), and that these troops will be injected with the new Ebola vaccine, which will subdue that specific virus. However, recalling his victimization as a virus vector in the Army, he suspects that the anti-Ebola vaccine will be given to these US soldiers in Africa, and — just as they did to him — this vaccine will also contain a “trigger” element. These soldiers, who have unwittingly been made virus vectors, will then come home to the United States, and many of them will be discharged; thusly, they will be dispersed to all areas of the United States. This man told me that when these vector soldiers come home to the United States, pathogens will later be released into the atmosphere, perhaps in chemtrails and/or in ground releases, such as in the subway systems of major cities. The latter plot has already been perpetrated in the New York City subway system when they released the serratia marcescens bacteria, which was encapsulated in light bulbs and tossed into the subways. This diabolical plot is documented in the book, CLOUDS OF SECRECY, by Prof. Leonard Cole of Rutgers University. My ex-military friend told me that the trigger element planted in the U.S. soldiers’ ebola vaccinations in Africa will then “recombine” in their bodies with the pathogen that is to be released throughout the United States. The product of this recombination of the pathogen, to be released, and the trigger element that was earlier injected into these 1,600 vector soldiers . . . the product will be a deadly biological weapon< of mass extermination, calculated and designed to go airborne and thus, to be highly contagious. Remember the BATMAN comic book series of 1996, foretelling, in a symbolic story line, this diabolical plot for mass extermination of the American population. You see, the flu vaccine contains the trigger element which, when injected into thousands of victimized vectors, will recombine within the bodies of some of these vectors to make the lethal-but-non-contagious virus (to be released) become an airborne mutant of that virus. My contact also believes that the recent ushering in of thousands of children from Central America across the Texas border near San Antonio is a part of this very same plot that is being perpetrated against our 1,600 U.S. soldiers . . . and I suspect that the ushering in of thousands of illegal Mexicans across the border is likewise another part of this very same diabolical plot of mass extermination of the American population. In fact, infowars.com reporters have confirmed that the Centers for Disease Control is spearheading an unprecedented roundup of illegal Mexicans, who are exhibiting flu-like symptoms. Infowars.com is asking a vital question: Where are the CDC’s disease agents taking all of these illegal, apparently diseased Mexicans? My ex-military, special operations, vaccine-victimized contact told me that he has learned that those thousands of Central American children are being housed at Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio, near the Texas border. He believes that these children are likewise being infected and injected with the trigger element, as part of this diabolical plot to exterminate the American population. The sick Mexicans, who today are being rounded up and sequestered by the CDC, are probably also being brought to Lackland Air Force Base. And Lackland or some similar place is where all the ill Mexicans are probably being sequestered for vaccination with the trigger element that will later make their disease go lethally airborne. And so, we begin to realize that this vaccination victimization of our soldiers in Africa is for the very same purpose as that of ushering many thousands of illegal Mexicans across the Texas and Arizona borders, and as that of ushering in many thousands of Central American children across our borders. We have yet more indications that this diabolical American genocide plot — indeed, this global humanicide plot — is now underway. BeforeItsNews.com has recently broken the story of a disease epidemic at Lackland Air Force Base — an epidemic that is now kept under a veil of tight secrecy, enforced by ominous threats against the insiders at Lackland. And we have reports that people fleeing Africa are being given easy entry into the United States. More desired fuel to feed the fires of contagion! My contact tells me that airports in twenty-four more U.S. cities have just been added as welcome centers for passengers from Africa. John DiNardo

Part 2) Alex Jones: Clues to Killer Flu Conspiracy

In March of 2009, pharmaceutical giants Baxter and Bayer attempted to infect the populations of 18 countries with a deadly laboratory-made bird flu which — when introduced to sizable populations — was certain to mutate and/or recombine with the non-lethal airborne seasonal flu virus in the vaccines which health departments of nations typically dispense to their citizenries. This means that the lethal, but non-airborne bird flu virus would become airborne to unleash a worldwide plague via the masses who are deceived into clamoring for the vaccine, their perceived agent of protection, which would have ironically been the agent of their demise.

However, the eighteen victimized nations detected the lethality of this
Baxter/Bayer trojan horse concoction, and voiced strong objections to this genocidal plot by “big pharma.” Today, a comparably malicious plot is likely being foisted upon the world. Judging by their past treachery, we can be sure that this deadly ebola virus has been concocted in a laboratory and was released by the same demonic perpetrators (sitting atop the pyramid of world power) who tried to murder us with the lethally spiked seasonal flu vaccine five and a half years ago. JD