Mark Goolsby’s family has called Juliette, GA home for almost 200 years. He doesn’t live in the white two story family home on Luther Smith Road, and probably never will, but his 80 year old mother still does. “My mother doesn’t want to leave this place. She’s been here 62 years after she married my dad. She doesn’t want to relocate,” Goolsby said. It’s what’s nearby that gets Goolsby talking relocation. The ash pond for Georgia Power’s coal fired Plant Scherer is just through the treeline across the road. Mark Goolsby believes the plant is what has made his mother sick for years and is what caused the liver cancer that killed his father.
A state financial analyst says Georgia wouldn't build a nuclear power plant if it were starting from scratch. The analyst working for state regulators, Philip Hayet, said in written testimony that the total costs of building two more nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle is more expensive than the next-best option, constructing natural gas plants.