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Help Prevent More Nuclear Reactors in Georgia

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Help Prevent More Nuclear Reactors in Georgia

**Attend Important Vogtle Hearing March 22-25, 2009**

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Georgia utilities’ risky proposal to build two more nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta, Ga. along the Savannah River.

Join us at an important hearing March 22-25, 2009 held by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board judges where you can provide public comments. Help us pack the room to show the judges that the community has concerns! The judges are expected to make a decision in mid-June 2009. VotgleWHAT:
Attend the Vogtle Early Site Permit Mandatory Hearing, March 23-25, 2009 in Waynesboro:

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board judges will hold a mandatory hearing to discuss all issues related to the early site permit for Plant Vogtle; this is a different hearing than the evidentiary hearing held the week before in Augusta.

WHEN:

March 23-25, 2009 beginning at 8:30am. You can attend during any point of the hearings for whatever length of time your schedule allows.

WHERE:

Augusta Technical College Waynesboro/Burke Campus Auditorium, 216 Highway 24 South, Waynesboro, Georgia. See http://www.augustatech.edu/. Can’t Attend?You can also submit written comments. Please tell the Board your concerns with Vogtle’s proposed expansion, whether about water use, accident risks, security concerns, radioactive nuclear waste, health impacts and more. We encourage you to send these comments in as soon as possible as the judges are expected to make a decision by mid-June 2009.

Submit Public Comments on March 22 or 23 in Waynesboro:

WHAT:

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board judges will hear your concerns about building more reactors here in Georgia. This is a unique opportunity to address the Board in person and is your last opportunity to do so. You will have no more than 5 minutes to address the Board and please arrive before the session starts to ensure you will have the opportunity to speak. You can preregister to speak; please send an RSVP for either the Sunday or Monday session by emailing the following: paul.bollwerk@nrc.gov.

WHEN:

Sunday, March 22 from 3-5pm and Monday, March 23 from 7-9pm

WHERE:

Augusta Technical College Waynesboro/Burke Campus Auditorium, 216 Highway 24 South, Waynesboro, Georgia. See http://www.augustatech.edu/.

Your written comments may also be sumbitted:

  • By Mail: Office of the Secretary, Rulemakings and Adjudications Staff, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, D.C. 20555-0001
  • By Fax: (301) 415-1101 [verification at (301) 415-1966]
  • By E-mail:hearingdocket@nrc.gov

And a duplicate copy also needs to be sent to one of the following:

  • By Mail: Administrative Judge G. Paul Bollwerk, III, Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel, Mail Stop T-3 F23, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, D.C. 20555-0001
  • By Fax: (301) 415-5599 [verification at (301) 415-6094)]
  • By Email: paul.bollwerk@nrc.gov

Please note: Any updated/revised scheduling information regarding the March hearings or public comment periods can be found by calling (800) 368-5642, extension 5036 or (301) 415-5036 (available seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day) or on the NRC website at www.nrc.gov/public-involve/public-meetings/index.cfm. BACKGROUND:
The first step Georgia utilities are taking to try to get federal approval to build new nuclear reactors along the Savannah River is to apply for an “early site permit.” If the permit is issued, concerns such as water, land, public health, and safety cannot be brought up again even if we learn new information. For example, the new reactors will require tens of millions of gallons of water above and beyond the tens of millions Vogtle is already pulling from the Savannah River—this issue cannot be revisited again if the “early site permit” is granted. Together, Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, Center for a Sustainable Coast, Georgia WAND (formerly Atlanta WAND), Savannah Riverkeeper, and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy challenged the permit with legal representation from Emory University School of Law’s Turner Environmental Law Clinic.

Tell the Board that Georgians need, want and DESERVE clean, safe energy choices such as energy efficiency, wind, solar, and biopower NOT any more risky nuclear reactors.

For more information on building more nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle in Georgia, see http://www.cleanenergy.org/prevent-new-vogtle-reactors-in-georgia/.
For the NRC’s information on the Vogtle application process, see http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/new-licensing/esp/vogtle.html.

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