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  • Writer's pictureDonald V. Watkins

Southern Company's Fitness To Own And Operate Georgia Nuclear Power Plant Challenged

Updated: Aug 17, 2023

By: Donald V. Watkins

Copyrighted and Published on February 3, 2023


BREAKING NEWS ---

IMAGE: Joe Perkins (left) owns Matrix, LLC. Mark Crosswhite (right), used Matrix and Perkins to maul critics and political opponents of Alabama Power Company and the Southern Company. Crosswhite was ousted as CEO of Alabama Power late last year after news reports claimed that Matrix dispatched operatives to spy on Southern Company CEO Tom Fanning. Perkins and Crosswhite are in the crosshairs of an ongoing federal criminal investigation.

Over the past two decades, the Southern Company, Alabama Power Company, and Georgia Power Company paid Matrix, LLC, and Joe Perkins (Matrix's owner) tens of millions of dollars to act as their special breed of well-fed, zealously protected, vicious, Pit bulls. From time to time, these electric utility companies would let Matrix and Perkins out of their kennels and direct them to maul critics, political adversaries, and anybody else who posed a real or perceived threat to their (a) monopoly in electrical power generation and (b) longtime suppression of effective regulatory oversight.


An example of this proverbial Pit bull mauling is described in Joe Perkins' 13-pages handwritten notes of his plan to maul me to death. The notes speak for themselves.


I survived the mauling by Matrix, Perkins, and those who acted in concert with them.


My son and I were not the only victims of the Southern Company's reign of terror. I have spoken to other victims of the racketeering scheme operated by the Southern Company, Alabama Power Company, Georgia Power Company, Matrix, Perkins, and those entities and persons who acted in concert with them over the years.


On January 27, 2023, Donald V. Watkins, Jr., and I filed a formal Criminal Complaint with the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice alleging numerous violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”) codified at 18 U.S.C. §§1961-1968 by: (a) Southern Company, (b) Alabama Power Company, (c) Matrix, (d) Perkins, and (e) others working in concert with them. The Complaint was accompanied by a Preliminary Proffer of Evidence.


Today, we filed a formal complaint with Mr. Christopher T. Hanson, Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), in which we challenged the fitness of the Southern Company and its affiliates to hold a license to own and operate Vogtle Nuclear Power Units 1, 2, 3, and 4 in Waynesboro, Georgia.


Southern Company, acting by and through Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc., and Georgia Power Company, is involved in the ownership structure and operational control of Vogtle. Southern Nuclear is the designated “Operator” of Vogtle, while Georgia Power owns a 45.7% equity stake in this facility.


In recent months, the Southern Company has been seeking a non-prosecution agreement from the Department of Justice on behalf of itself, Alabama Power, and Georgia Power. All three companies are directly implicated in our Criminal RICO Complaint as culpable parties in the Southern Company’s longtime, multi-state, racketeering enterprise. All three companies used Matrix and Perkins to maul innocent victims during their ongoing racketeering scheme.


It does not appear that the Southern Company, or Southern Nuclear, or Georgia Power has disclosed this critical licensure-related information to the NRC while they await final regulatory approval to bring Vogtle Nuclear Power Units 3 and 4 online this year.


Likewise, Southern Company has not disclosed its detrimental business relationship with Matrix or Perkins in any regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. On January 25, 2023, Florida Power & Light and NextEra Energy made such a disclosure in their Form 8-K filing.


We believe that Section 2133(d) of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, prohibits any regulated person or entity that knowingly participated in an ongoing racketeering enterprise from owning and operating nuclear power facilities in the U.S. Section 2133(d) expressly states that “no license may be issued to any person within the United States if, in the opinion of the Commission, the issue of a license to such person would be inimical to the common defense and security or to the health and safety of the public.” By definition, a person/entity that operates a multi-state racketeering enterprise poses a great danger to America’s national security and public safety.


We requested the NRC to: (i) immediately open a licensure and regulatory compliance investigation into this matter, in parallel with the Department of Justice’s criminal investigation; (ii) review the investigatory findings regarding the fitness of Southern Company affiliates to retain their participation as an operator (for Southern Nuclear) and principal owner (for Georgia Power) in the NRC licenses for Vogtle Nuclear Power Units 1, 2, 3, and 4, (iii) hold a public hearing on the identified licensure matter, and (iv) determine what legal action by the NRC, if any, appears to be warranted and appropriate in connection with this licensure and regulatory compliance complaint.

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