The discussion of change at Comanche Peak has been circulating among locals for some time now. Last Thursday, members of the Glen Rose/Somervell County Chamber of Commerce were able to learn more about the impending change during the chamber’s monthly luncheon.
Mitch Lucas, vice president of nuclear engineering and support, was on hand to deliver news of the plant’s licensing process for two additional units.
“Comanche Peak is the best nuclear plant in the United States,” Lucas said. “Our priorities are safety, above all else nuclear safety, performance, culture and cost.”
Lucas said employees at Comanche Peak believe in nuclear power and are supportive of the additional units.
“Two more units do make a lost of sense. Units 3 and 4 are progressing very, very well through the licensing process,” Lucas said. “We hope we will get the license in 2012.”
Lucas said although construction plans are not in the works at this point, that the timeline for the license is still one month ahead of schedule. He is confident that the license will be granted.
“The Nuclear Regulatory Commission reviews every aspect,” Lucas said. “When you look at major obstacles, it’s hard for me to look at one. This is an ideal and stable place for a nuclear plant.”
Like any other business, Lucas said a major concern is making the plant successful.
“We have to figure out how to make it a good business,” Lucas said. “A nuclear plant is expensive. The number one signal the government can give to us is (financial). We are not asking them for money, but asking them to support the people giving the money.”