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11511Re: Upcoming Public Hearing on South Texas Project license extension

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  • SusanD
    Jan 14, 2013
      That'd be great Alyssa. Here's a link to the NRC document we're discussing. Its voluminous, but the contact info is on page 4:

      http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1232/ML12324A049.pdf

      Thanks a million,
      Susan
      --- In hreg@yahoogroups.com, Alyssa Burgin wrote:
      >
      > I have a speaking engagement in the Coastal Bend that day, and probably
      > cannot physically make it to the hearing itself, but I will certainly be
      > happy to send in comments via email. I am particularly distressed at the
      > timing on this--after all, parts wear out, and the project is old, and we
      > don't really have the full story on the fire, as far as I am concerned.
      >
      > But of course, my primary concern remains water use. No matter what goodies
      > the current Ritter proposal in the Lege brings to the state in the form of
      > more evaporative ponds, i.e., reservoirs, it isn't going to do anything to
      > fill up the reservoirs we have, like the Highland Lakes, in perpetuity.
      >
      > Alyssa Burgin
      >
      > On Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 1:04 PM, SusanD wrote:
      >
      > > The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be hosting two sessions of public
      > > hearings on the proposed Environmental Impact Statement this coming
      > > Tuesday, January 15th, with comments being accepted in person at the time
      > > or via mail or e-mail into February. The two nuclear reactors near Bay
      > > City went online in 1987 and 1988, respectively, and were originally
      > > licensed to run for 40 years. The application for license extensions,
      > > filed by STP in 2010, comes a full 18 years before the curent license
      > > expires and would extend plant production into 2047 and 2048.
      > >
      > > It seesm ridiculous to me that the Commission is considering the plant's
      > > request so early and especially in light of the ever-higher demand on the
      > > water in the Colorado River as well as ground water resources. STP uses
      > > more water than any other entity in our area. They have pulled as much as
      > > 50% of the flow out of the river and are entitled to I believe 1.2 million
      > > gallons of groundwater per day while our farmers are being denied water to
      > > irrigate food crops. They haev also refused to acknowledge the rise of
      > > renewables.
      > >
      > > Very few local people besides myself are willing to speak out against the
      > > plant or to express concerns and have officials address them. If any of
      > > you have any interest in following developments or participating in the
      > > process, please contact me.
      > >
      > > There was a huge fire at the main transformer that exits Unit 2 earlier
      > > this week, crippling the unit and bringing it off line for an undetermined
      > > length of time. The back up diesel generators fired up and, thankfully,
      > > functioned properly to cool the plant.
      > >
      > > Thank you,
      > > Susan Dancer
      > >
      > >
      > >
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      > *Alyssa Burgin
      > Executive Director
      > Texas Drought Project
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      > San Antonio, Texas 78232
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