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Public Program to Highlight SC’s Oconee Reactors on Anniversary of Fukushima
Buzz Williams, Chattooga Conservancy, 864-647-4266, email@example.com
Glenn Carroll, Nuclear Watch South, 404-378-4263, firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank Powell, Foothills Group of Sierra Club, 864-752-7781, email@example.com
Mary Olson, Nuclear Information Resource Service, 828-252-8409, firstname.lastname@example.org
What: “Oconee Nuclear Station: Fukushima on the Savannah River?” with Mary Olson, Nuclear Information & Resource Service and Buzz Williams, Chattooga Conservancy
When: Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 7PM
Where: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Clemson, 226 Pendleton Road Clemson, SC 29631, 864-654-5959
CLEMSON, SC: A public education program is being offered on the anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami which initiated triple meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi reactor site in Japan four years ago.
Several local organizations are sponsoring a talk entitled “Oconee Nuclear Station: Fukushima on the Savannah River?” at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Clemson at 7PM on March 11, 2015. The main presenters will be Buzz Williams of Chattooga Conservancy and Mary Olson of Nuclear Information Resource Service. Other organizations sponsoring the talk are Nuclear Watch South and the Foothills Group of the South Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club.
According to federal regulators, Duke Power’s Oconee Nuclear Station has three reactors which are at certain risk of a meltdown if the upstream earthen dam at Jocassee were to break. Regulators and Duke Power have not yet addressed the threat of flooding to the nuclear plant’s safety systems. In addition, this past summer the Nuclear Regulatory Commission further increased its scrutiny of the Oconee Plant after the plant was issued a violation for failure to identify and correct a leaking crack in a weld on a key safety system.
The nuclear information program also coincides with the itinerary of a trio of kayakers who are paddling the entire length of the Savannah River in a project called “Source to Sea ~ Savannah River Pilgrimage 2015” which is supported by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy among many other organizations. The project’s mission is “to explore the Savannah River from ‘source to sea,’ connecting people and communities along its 400-mile length; celebrate and document the river’s beauty and diversity; and, inspire action to address the threats affecting its health.” The Savannah River was designated the third most polluted river in the U.S. in 2014.
The pilgrimage launches from Whiteside Mountain in North Carolina on March 8, and will stop in Clemson to attend the Oconee program March 11, then plans stops in Augusta, March 28-29 and Savannah, April 9-11 to end up at Tybee Island on Saturday, April 11. “Source to Sea ~ Savannah River Pilgrimage 2015″ will be honored on at 5PM on Sunday, March 1, 2015, with a potluck fundraiser at the Sautee Nacoochee Center gym on Highway 255 in Sautee, Georgia. All are welcome. More information about “Source to Sea ~ Savannah River Pilgrimage 2015” may be found on sourcetoseasavannah.com and on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/savannahriverpilgrimage.
“Oconee Nuclear: Fukushima on the Savannah River?” starts at 7PM, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Clemson, 226 Pendleton Road Clemson, SC 29631, 864-654-5959. There will also be musical entertainment and refreshments. Sponsored by Chattooga Conservancy, Nuclear Watch South and the Foothills Group of the South Carolina Sierra Club, the program is free and open to the public.