Forwarded from Mary Olson and NIRS (Nuclear Information and Resource Service):
ALERT: Get to Nuclear Reg Comm Hearing in Levy County Thursday Dec 4 -- Progress does not equal new nuclear!
(NIRS on behalf of ) Florida Safe and Sustainable Energy Campaign -- ALERT -- Thursday Dec 4 -- Public Meeting(s) on NEW NUCLEAR POWER REACTOR in Levy County, FL
Thursday December 4 -- the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is holding a public hearing in 2 sessions 1:00 -- 4:00 and 6:00 -- 9:00 in Crystal River FL
address: Florida National Guard Armory -- 8551 West Venable St. Crystal River FL.
[NRC staff contact: Douglas Bruner 301-415-2730] to see official documents relating to this proposal:
We will do our best to post "talking points" in the next few days... or reply to me to request them.
Levy County is near Crystal River on the Gulf Coast north of Tampa Bay. Contact car-pool coordinator below if you can offer a ride, or if you need one.
For general information on why nuclear power is not the answer to the Climate Crisis, see: NIRS -- http://www.nirs.org/climate/climate.htm
and Institute for Energy and Environmental Research -- http://www.ieer.org/carbonfree/index.html
IF you can GO to the Treasure Coast for this meeting -- please do! If you know people who are closer to that area who might be open to attending on your behalf, lower the carbon footprint and ask them to attend...even better, both go and car pool (see below).
-- activist contacts:
Mary Olson, Nuclear Information and Resource Service -- 828-675-1792, nirs@...
Mandy Hancock, Southern Energy Network -- 229-563-6090
STATE-WIDE RIDE COORDINATOR: Michael Canney -- 386-418-3791, alachuagreen@...
US NRC is acting under the National Environmental Policy Act to prepare an environmental impact statement on the plan by PROGRESS ENERGY to build two new nuclear power reactors on a site that has never had a power plant, let alone a nuclear power plant. This is the first "greenfield" site proposed for a new nuclear reactor in more than three decades in the USA.
While it is important to show up and express resistance and dissent -- it is also important to bring real, specific concerns and issues about this project. Think of NRC as your students who must produce a research paper that will address the questions you give them. Watch for more talking points -- but the BIG issue is the impact this development would have on water in the area -- and how that local water is connected to a large freshwater resource. Not only would construction itself damage these treasures -- the potential for groundwater contamination from operations is great. For info on ground water contamination at other nuclear sites in the USA including sites in FL, see: Union of Concerned Scientists -- http://www.ucsusa.org/nuclear_power/reactor-map/embedded-flash-map.html
In addition to water, it is important to call for consideration of environmental impact of ALL the waste associated with operating new reactors: all the wastes in mining the uranium and making the fuel (including CO2 from burning fossil fuels), all the so-called low-level wastes -- at the moment Progress Energy has no place that it can ship these wastes -- so focus in on the possibility that Levy County will be a so-called "low-level" waste dump and then the high-level (irradiated fuel). Environmental impact assessment must include transportation impacts as well as storage or "disposal."
For those who really can't get to this meeting, please submit written statement -- NRC asks that you include the reference date Oct 17th and [[Page 63519]] to "tag" your comments.
To be considered in the scoping process, written comments must be postmarked or delivered by the comment period end date December 23, 2008. Electronic comments may be sent by email to the NRC at Levy.COLEIS@...
The Levy environmental review
Chief, Rules and Directives Branch
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission,
Washington, DC 205550001
THANK YOU! It would be wonderful to really turn people out for this -- I know it is short notice -- but the waste that would be generated at a new nuclear power plant will be a burden for the next 11,000 human generations (at the least) -- so if you can prioritize getting there, PLEASE DO!
NIRS Southeast Regional Coordinator
Nuclear Information & Resource Service
PO Box 7586 Asheville, NC 28802
new cell -- 828-242-5621 (no signal at my office)
Nuclear Information & Resource Service
6930 Carroll Avenue, Suite 340,
Takoma Park, MD 20912
tel: 301-270-NIRS (301-270-6477);
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