Thursday, May 24, 2018

Tennessee developer Franklin Haney, with boost from Alabama's Congressional GOPers, asks Trump admin to help speed up deal on Bellefonte nuclear facility

Bellefonte Nuclear Plant
 A Tennessee developer, with the help of Alabama Congressional Republicans, is asking the Trump administration to expedite the purchase of an unfinished nuclear plant near Scottsboro -- based on foreign investment from the Middle East. A prominent Alabama whistle blower and researcher says the deal, if completed, could be a disaster of Biblical proportions.

Franklin Haney, of Chattanooga, has a history of dumping cash on Alabama governors and receiving favorable treatment on the back end. He joined Trump lawyer/fixer Michael Cohen at a meeting last month in Miami with an official from Qatar. Haney bought the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in 2016. Construction on the facility started in 1975, and it has been sitting idle and uncompleted for 30 years.

Bellefonte likely has been a drain on Haney's substantial resources, and he wants Trump and the federal government to help him out -- all while possibly placing nuclear technology into the hands of financial elites in the Middle East and putting the environment and public health at risk in northeast  Alabama. From a report at

A company led by Chattanooga businessman Franklin Haney is seeking the help of President Trump to move along its purchase of Bellefonte Nuclear Plant in Jackson County.

Nuclear Development LLC has also applied for federal loans of about $5 billion to help pay for completion of the mothballed facility so it can produce its first watt of electricity, according to U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, the Huntsville Republican whose district includes the plant site outside Scottsboro.

That's the same Mo Brooks who recently suggested sea levels are rising, not because of global climate change, but because of rocks falling into the oceans. We really want this guy involved with issues of nuclear power? Here's more from

Brooks said officials from Nuclear Development approached him and asked if he could send the letter to Trump. Dated May 14, the letter was also signed by Republican Alabama Congress members Robert Aderholt of Haleyville, Bradley Byrne of Mobile and Martha Roby of Montgomery as well as Tennessee Republican Congressman Chuck Fleischman, whose district includes Chattanooga - about 60 miles northeast of Bellefonte.

"I said, 'What can I do to help?'" Brooks said. "(Nuclear Development) said a letter to President Trump signed by you and other congressmen would be beneficial. So I've added my name, along with the names of other congressmen, to resume of a project I hope will bear fruit and generate thousands of short-term and long-term jobs for Tennessee Valley residents."

Jill Simpson, a retired lawyer who testified before Congress about corruption related to the Don Siegelman prosecution, says (in so many words) that Brooks and his colleagues are a bunch of dangerous loons. She says several Alabama GOP con artists -- Jeff Sessions, Bob Riley, Robert Bentley -- have been seeking to benefit from the Bellefonte deal. From a post at Simpson's Facebook page:

We found out that Mr. Sessions, the Riley folks, Bentley folks, Alabama Gang folks and Mr Franklin Haney were in cahoots trying to get control of a nuclear facility . . . I must admit I was pretty clueless as to why, but now it appears the picture is getting clearer. They are trying to take in foreign Arab investors and let them see the whole uranium-making process at a facility in northeast Alabama. . . .  
Who knows what this crowd will do next, as their ability to exploit our country's industries and resources are endless and beyond the imagination of most folks. These are evil dark forces, selling out our country's technology. I have a feeling this time they are caught in a deal to make nuclear equipment for foreigners and nuclear material for Trump's foreign buddies -- or at the very least to show them how it is done here, when they invest and get the plans to complete the facility. 
I might add it is dangerous to let foreign investors in on our nuclear facilities, even if the plants are eventually torn down or completely modernized after being studied by foreigners. Haney and his associates are caught in a trap of their own making about nuclear technology, of how to enrich uranium, and are just now starting to be exposed to the world.

Simpson grew up not far from the Bellefonte site and says her neighbors need to think hard about what this deal could mean to the area. From another Simpson Facebook post:

Everyone in northeast Alabama needs to be thinking about whether we want to put our beautiful environment at risk for some Trump and Alabama Republican Gang members to bring up a nuclear power plant that TVA says we don't need.
I don't want an Arab country's nuclear plant in my back yard, dumping into our beautiful Tennessee River when a tornado goes through. Every Jackson County citizen with good sense knows Bellefonte is right in the middle of the tornado alley that runs through our area. Can you believe this is where the Alabama Gang wants to teach countries in the Middle East how to build nuclear reactors capable of enriching uranium for weapons? 
Wonder what Sessions, Riley, and the Alabama Gang are going to make off being traitors on that deal? First, we deal, literally, with New York shit being driven into Alabama on trains. Now, we are to teach Middle Eastern investors how to make weapons-grade uranium, U.S. style. I certainly don't see how the Alabama Creeps can do much worse, and their asses are busted on this deal.

Because of Michael Cohen's involvement in the Haney/Qatar meeting, this all could land in the middle of the Robert Mueller investigation, Simpson writes, and it points toward treason:

Now you all know how Cohen got his office raided. The jackass was plotting to help foreign investors get in our uranium-enrichment reactors and get the plans for them. What dumb asses these Alabama Gang thugs are. Wonder how big a campaign donation these thugs got, promoting this deal in recent weeks. Mo Brooks has been all for this deal, as have many others. Selling uranium reactor plans to Middle East folks I hear can be very profitable. 
This is the kind of crap the Alabama Resistance has been outing on this bunch ever since I first came forward, and we outed them for training Saudi pilots to create wars all over the Middle East -- and selling out our refueling-tanker deal. The Alabama Gang is a bunch of dirt bags who would sell their dead grandmother's bones out of her grave for a few pieces of silver from a foreign investor. 
The way I see it, the Alabama thugs are traitors and should be treated as such. Selling nuclear-reactor info to the wrong folks in the Middle East can cause the end of planet. I generally am not an advocate of the death penalty, but when folks sell out the planet and all the people on the planet, I am for the death penalty for those kinds of traitors -- and that is what we dealing with. 
We must protest with all of our might before these end-of-time, far-right extremists own a nuclear reactor in northeast Alabama -- in cahoots with investors from the Middle East.


e.a.f. said...

The Republicans are not happy with N. Korea and Iran having nuclear capabilities, but they want to set up this thing in their own back yard. Gee how to cause a huge nuclear disaster in the U.S.A. without even trying. its going to be one huge money pit.

haven't these politicians heard of solar energy. it works very well. Germany has done some great work in this area.

If the state is short of electricity they could run a few power lines into Canada and buy electricity. We have a number of dams and they won't be needing the electricity in Canada. (many didn't want the dams and consider them to be unnecessary)

We found in British Columbia usage of electrical power was going down even though the population was rising. With many new appliances, etc. using less electricity we don't need what we already produce.

A nuclear plant is just a terrorist's wet dream. $5 Billion is a lot of money to waste. Just think of the health care $5 billion will provide to children.

Anonymous said...

Putting nuclear technology in the hands of Middle Eastern investors?

What could go wrong?

Anonymous said...

Mr. Haney will get what he wants once Trump gets approval from Putin.

legalschnauzer said...

e.a.f. --

You make lots of great points, but Mr. Haney, Cohen, Trump, and that crowd don't care about the danger in which they are placing the people of northeast Alabama, the environment, the planet, etc. They care about cash and nothing else.

Anonymous said...

This Mr. Haney is a lot different from the one on Green Acres.

I like the Green Acres guy a lot better.

Anonymous said...

Mo Brooks is dumber than the box of rocks I dumped into the ocean.

Anonymous said...

I thought Huntsville, AL, was supposed to be filled with rocket scientists, engineers, and high-tech types. How are they dumb enough to elect someone like Mo Brooks.

Anonymous said...

Nuclear energy -- surprise, surprise -- is heavily regulated. Don't see how a deal like this could get approval.

Anonymous said...

Please hurry, Mr. Mueller, before Trump starts WWIII, causes a nuclear disaster, or both.

Anonymous said...

Great comments from Jill Simpson. I agree with her 100 percent.

Anonymous said...

Michael Cohen's business partner has decided to flip and cooperate with Mueller. Maybe that will curb some of the enthusiasm for this nuclear project in Alabama --

Anonymous said...

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e.a.f. said...

Aren't there any environmentalists in Alabama who are out there protesting this thing. They have been closing the nuclear power plant in Washington State for at least a decade. Yes, that is how long it takes to clean it up and its a huge money pit.

it would be better if people set up solar panels on their homes and sold what they didn't need to the electrical companies in their area. its been so successful in British Columbia the major electrical company, government owned, B.C. Hydro is capping how much people can make. Some are making $30K a year just by selling their power they personally don't need. In Maui, they have the same system as do other American states. its a great way to save money and make some for the home owner. Its a great way for power companies to not have to invest in new sources, not have to use coal and not to have to use nuclear.

Oh, and for the record British Columbia, is also knows as the wet coast, that is how much rain we get. In some parts of B.C. its classified as rain forest and still solar power works. IF you check on Germany's solar powered industry, its amazing. Iran provides subsidies to its citizens who convert to solar power, and yes they do have a lot of oil.

Lets hope Trump gets kicked out of office shortly along with his greedy pals. The world simply can't afford another nuclear accident and especially the people of Alabama. its not like there is a socialized medical system to deal with the health issues. Come to think about it countries with socialized medical systems aren't keen on nuclear power either. Must be our left thinking or our ability to want to save money.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Schnauzer for reporting and spreading the word about this outrageous nuclear scandal. And thank you Jill Simpson. God bless all of you. The Schnauzers and Jill Simpson are among our country's true patriots. On the other hand, the Rileys and their gang of thugs are the traitors, selling out our country to foreigners who are not our friends.

Mark Miller said...

Somehow I get the feeling that there's a relation to this.