In December 1965, the management of Northern States Power Company (NSP) reached an internal decision that a new generating unit in the 500-electrical-megawatt range would be required by 1970 to meet anticipated service demands.2 Having just faced protracted public criticism regarding the predicted environmental effects of a large fossil-fueled plant then being completed, the company reasoned that it could avoid further criticism by making its next major addition a nuclear plant.3 A nuclear plant would neither produce the soot, smoke, and noxious chemicals nor be subject to the fuel transportation and fuel storage problems of a fossil-fueled plant. NSP reached the decision to “go nuclear” despite an analysis indicating that a coal-fired plant would be economically superior.
KeywordsNuclear Power Plant Atomic Energy Commission Nuclear Plant Public Hearing Operating License
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