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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 4, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, April 4, 1973 THE LETHBRIDCE HERALD 35 Major difficulties have to be overcome NUCLEAR POWER GOALS RUNNING FAR BEHIND SCHEDULE WASHINGTON (AP) Nu- clear power, once hailed as the solution to United States energy problems in the 1970s and be- By Frank Carey of the Associated Press yond, is falling far short of the goals set for it. Costly delays in getting nu- clear power plants into oper- ation could contribute to some power shortages this coming summer and winter, says the U.S. Atomic Energy Com- mission But the AEC and the 10-year- old atomic power industry con- lend that nuclear power is go- ing to be a major source of U.S. electricity, and in time to help offset especially critical energy pinches envisaged for the 1980s. Still, the industry has only 29 nuclear plants in operation, compared with 46 forecast by the government two years ago. A total of 57 plants are under construction, but 90 per cent are at least a year behind schedule. Causes of the delays range from technical difficulties and labor problems to stiffer licens- ing requirements and environ- mental issues, federal and in- dustry officiate say. PICTURE BRIGHTENS AEC and industry spokesmen concede the going has been rough in recent years and serious difficulties remain, but they say 1972 may have repre- sented a turning point away from their problems. Chief reason for their cautious optimism: the plants now op- erating or under construction, 77 others already are con- tracted for, including a record 35 ordered in ]972. The 35 plants together would generate 42 5 rni'lion kilowatts, almost three times the present nuclear gen- erating capacity which provides about four per cent of the elec- ti icily in the U.S. The AEC says a similar amount of nuclear genera'ing capacity is to be con- tracted for in 1973, adding that "the situation on construction slippages is viewed as tem- porary and continued strong growth of nuclear power addi- tions is expected to occur." commitments for the 77 plants now on order amount to about billion in capital costs. For example. Commonwealth Edison Co. of Chicago, one of the nuclear in- dustry leaders, has announced it will spend at the rate of million a day for the next five years on construction, most of it nuclear. PROCESS LENGTHY But AEC and industry optim- ism must be weighed against the fact that currently it takes up to nine years from initial planning stages for a nuclear plant go into operation. An av- erage of 33 months alone is spent in licensing procedures at various stages. Dull, the AEC appears con- fident that such lead time can be shortened and now forecasts that by the end of 1980, the U.S. nuclear power capacity will be nearly 10 times greater than present. By mid-1980s, the AEC and the utilities industry say, nu- clear power will contribute 34 per cent of the electricity in the U.S. and by the turn of the cen- tury 60 per cent, with the help of so-called nuclear breeder re- actors. Consumer advocate Ralph Nader has urged the AEC to de- clare a moratorium on building all proposed nuclear power plants and those in the early construction stage "until all safety-related issues are re- solved." Nader and an organization called the Union of Concerned Scientists also recommended power reductions of up to 50 per cent at all 29 nuclear power plants now in operation. Nader and the scientists' group declared "the danger of catastrophic nuclear power plant accidents is a public safety problem of the utmost urgency in the country today." The AEC, in a draft of a pro- posed new report to Congress on the safety of nuclear reac- tors, says the chances are only about one in 100 billion each year of a truly major accident, one releasing five million curies of radioactivity. A curie is equivalent to the radiation re- leased by one gram of radium. out all over at SAFEWAY JfcFRUIT DRINKS 3 fiQc Empress 6 48 fl. oz. tin %J Town House fl. oz. btle. CATSUP Polly Ann White or Brown Sliced .t.........20 oz. net wt. loaf ttWHOLE TOMATOES Town House U.S. Choice.......................... 14 fl. oz. tin TUNA 2 Savoy oz. net wt. tin mm GROUND COFFEE Best Quality I I I I Golden Yellow How about banana cream pie? 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