Speaking of nuclear power, BusinessWeek reports, regarding

efforts to derail plans for two new reactor units at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station near Jenkinsville.

The [Nuclear Regulatory] commission said the Atomic Safety Licensing Board had “wrongly erred” in denying Friends of the Earth, which opposes the $9.8 billion project to add two, 1,117-megawatt reactor units at the Fairfield County power station, an opportunity to participate in the process.

The Sierra Club contended that SCE&G had not done enough to promote energy efficiency and conservation before deciding to build two reactor units. It also questioned the project’s cost, claiming it was too low, as well as the construction schedule.

Friends of the Earth had raised the same issues in its request to intervene in the licensing hearings.

To prevail at this stage, it is highly likely that these environmental groups had a strong legal foundation for making their case. One wonders what the attorneys on the other side were arguing.