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Upcoming Events

March 4-19, Eastern NC: Walk To Protect Our People And The Places Where We Live
Join APPPL for a Walk along the NC ACP route. The walk will begin in Northampton County, and end in Richmond County near Hamlet. Details.

Weigh in on closure plans for Riverbend Steam Station: March 16, 6PM (sign up to speak at 5:30PM) at Gaston College, Myers Auditorium, 201 Hwy. U.S. 321, Dallas.

March 26, 9AM-4PM, UNC Asheville: western NC stream volunteer training. RSVP to (828) 357-7411 / Eqilabstaff@gmail.com. $15-20 Donation requested, but not required. View more information.

March 27, 6-8PM, Boone: Water Justice Forum. Sponsored by Department of Sustainable Development and the Sustainability and Environmental Education Club at ASU. Presentations by Dr. Kelsey Pieper, VA Tech, and Katie Hicks, CWFNC. Details.

Jan. 19 Hearing on Future Duke Nuke station near Charlotte

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 sarah.lopas@nrc.gov. 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.

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