Next week, you can make a difference at the Nuclear Resources Commission’s public hearing for a proposed new nuclear generator in Gaffney, SC, just 40 miles southwest of Charlotte on the Broad River (and less than 2 hours from Asheville). The William States Lee facility would disproportionately impact low-income folks living nearby, increase the number of existing or proposed nuclear reactors on the Broad River to FIVE, return HOT water to the river, and potentially impact drinking water supplies for downstream communities such as Union, SC.
When: Thursday, January 19
First Session: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Second Session: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Where: Restoration Church International, 1905 N. Limestone Street, Gaffney, SC 29340 (directions) (carpool info)
To speak: Reserve your spot by contacting NRC staff Sarah Lopas (800) 368-5642 ext. 1147 or firstname.lastname@example.org. by JANUARY 17TH. Written comments will also be accepted until March 6, 2012 at LEE.COLAEIS@NRC.GOV.
2/3 of the power generated would supply NC, and Duke’s NC ratepayers would be forced to cover portions of the costs, so this is a multi-state issue. Comments are being accepted on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (it’s over 1,000 pages long, but here’s a general factsheet.) Factsheets on specific water issues: Broad River factsheet, and Pond C factsheet. Also, here’s a factsheet on the AP1000 reactor.
Nuclear energy is the most water-intensive of traditional energy production technologies, creates toxic and radioactive byproducts, and isn’t cost-effective. For these reasons and more, Clean Water for NC is opposed to nuclear power generation (read our statement). Another alternative being considered in the Environmental Impact Statement is building more natural gas fired production plants – the downsides of which include the drilling practice known as fracking which has impacted communities from Pennsylvania to Wyoming to Texas (and hopefully never will in NC!) A far more job-creating, economically stimulating, cost effective way to meet the Carolinas’ needs is reducing energy demand through energy efficiency. Read more about NC SAVE$ ENERGY.