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Stop Costly Nuclear Power Expansion in Florida

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Action Alert

December 3, 2008


Act Now to Stop Costly Nuclear Power Expansion in Florida

Public Meeting Information:
* When: Thursday, December 4, 2008 from 1-4 pm and 6-9 pm (Informal “open house” sessions with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 12-1 pm and 5-6 pm) * Where: Florida National Guard Armory, 8551 W. Venable St., Crystal River, FL 34429. * How: Sign up at least 15 minutes before the start of the meeting to provide public comments. For further information, contact Douglas Bruner or Jessie M. Muir by telephone at 800-368-5642, x2730 or x0491 respectively, or via email at Levy.COLEIS@nrc.gov. Can’t attend? Please submit written comments no later than December 23, 2008
Mail: Chief, Rules and Directives Branch, Division of Administrative Services, Office of Administration, Mailstop T-6D59, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001 or E-mail: Levy.COLEIS@nrc.gov * What: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is holding two identical public meetings on Thursday, December 4, 2008 in Crystal River, Florida to discuss a permit application, known as a combined operating license, submitted by Progress Energy to build and operate a nuclear plant consisting of two new Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear reactors at an undeveloped site in Levy County. The NRC is the government agency responsible for licensing commercial nuclear power plants and is holding these meetings to get input from the local community on environmental and safety issues that should be considered.

There will likely only be one other local meeting held for the public after the NRC issues the draft Environmental Impact Statement, so it is critical for the NRC to hear the public’s concerns now! Speak out! The NRC needs to hear your concerns. Tell them that instead of more nuclear power plants, Floridians need and want affordable, clean and safe energy choices such as energy efficiency, wind, solar, and biopower.Please feel free to use this background information in your comments:The proposed location for Progress Energy’s expensive Levy County nuclear plant is currently a clean site that has not yet been contaminated or polluted, does not have industrial facilities, and includes a portion of the Goethe State Forest.Cost:
-Progress Energy’s proposal to build the Levy County nuclear plant provides a recent example of the high cost of nuclear energy and the difficulty in providing accurate cost estimates. The cost of two
Westinghouse AP1000 reactors has nearly tripled since initial estimates, to more than $17 billion.
-Floridians need ways to reduce their electric bills through energy efficiency and conservation and cannot afford the rate increases that will occur if Progress builds a risky new nuclear plant. Water Use & Supply:
-The Waccasassa River Drainage Basin is a precious resource; the presence of nuclear power reactors within the basin could seriously jeopardize its well-being.
-Water withdrawal and discharge will cause hydrological alterations in surrounding freshwater streams, lakes, the Cross Florida Barge Canal, groundwater, and the Gulf of Mexico. Water Quality
-The water discharged from the nuclear plant would be hotter than what is withdrawn. Temperature changes negatively affect the fish, plant, and animal life that depend on healthy water systems.
-The water intake system will likely increase salinity in the upper reaches of the Cross Florida Barge Canal, as well as threaten fish and fish larvae, among other aquatic organisms. Nuclear Waste
-High-level radioactive waste created (used nuclear fuel) has no place to be stored or disposed, nor is it likely that a ‘solution’ will be found in our lifetimes. Building a nuclear plant in Levy County will unfairly burden future generations with a legacy of radioactive waste.
-The proposed location in Levy County is currently a ‘green field’ site; it is clean and free of contamination or industrial facilities. The long-lived, highly radioactive nuclear waste that will be produced by the proposed new reactors will remain onsite for generations, indefinitely threatening the health of nearby communities and the environment. Despite this, the NRC has refused to address or consider this very important issue in previous cases. Security
-Nuclear plants are vulnerable to terrorist attacks and sabotage; building a new nuclear plant threatens our security.
-If an accident or successful terrorist attack occurred, the full impacts to human health and the environment in this region would be immense. Human Health
-A 1982 Congressional report estimated that if a meltdown occurred at just one of Progress Energy’s reactors at their nearby Crystal River nuclear plant, it could cause 900 peak early fatalities, 3800 peak early injuries, 2800 peak cancer deaths, and over $53 billion in property damage. The operation of more reactors in this area will only worsen these terrible impacts and put more people’s lives and health at risk. (*Peak means highest calculated value from the study – it does not necessarily mean worst case.) This is enough information to make the determination that we must produce electricity needed in Florida through less risky energy supplies such as energy efficiency, solar, wind, and biopower. For more information on nuclear power, please visit Southern Alliance for Clean Energy at www.cleanenergy.org. For the NRC’s information on the Levy County application process, see http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/new-reactors/col/levy.html.