Help Stop a New Atomic Reactor in Michigan

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has scheduled an informational meeting to discuss DTE’s application to construct a new nuclear reactor. Public opposition is needed to stop the reactor.

A call to take action to oppose a new nuclear plant in Michigan:

“Help Stop a New Atomic Reactor in Michigan!

What: NRC public meeting about proposed new reactor at Fermi Nuclear Power Plant

Where: Monroe County Community College’s La-Z-Boy Center, 1555 S. Raisinville Road in Monroe, Michigan

When: 7 to 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 20, 2008 

How and Why: Show up, bring your friends and family, network with anti-nuclear kindred spirits, speak out, and show the nuclear power establishment that we won’t accept a new reactor and its forever deadly radioactive wastes in Michigan!

Contact: For more info., call Kevin Kamps at Beyond Nuclear, (240) 462-3216, or email him at kevin@beyondnuclear.org.

 

Dear Friends and Colleagues in Michigan,

Next Wed., Aug. 20, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will hold an informational meeting for the public in Monroe to discuss DTE’s (formerly Detroit Edison) imminent application to construct and operate a new atomic reactor at its Fermi Nuclear Power Plant. This is the same site as the 1966 partial meltdown at the Fermi 1 plutonium breeder reactor, as documented in the classic anti-nuclear primer “We Almost Lost Detroit” by John G. Fuller, as well as the song of the same name by Gil Scott Heron. The long-troubled but still operating Fermi 2 reactor was visited by Republican presidential nominee John McCain on August 5th, who is calling for the construction of 45 new reactors by 2030, and 100 altogether, across the U.S. Anti-nuclear protestors “greeted” him at the front entrance.

 

DTE has publicly announced that it will apply for a Combined Operating License on Sept. 18, 2008. By making application before the end of the year and the departure of the radically pro-nuclear Bush administration, DTE hopes to take advantage of many billions of dollars in U.S. taxpayer subsidies and federal loan guarantees approved by Bush and Congress in recent years.

 

Once DTE submits its application, NRC will schedule public “scoping” hearings about four to five months later (that is, in early 2009) to receive comments from concerned citizens about environmental, public health, safety and security concerns. Concerned citizens would then have to establish “standing” in order to file official contentions against the new reactor before an NRC “Atomic Safety and Licensing Board,” a proceeding now scheduled to take place in mid-2011.

 

Please attend the meeting next Wednesday, and spread the word. A good turn out of concerned citizens will show the nuclear establishment in industry and government that strong opposition exists in Michigan and Northwest Ohio (site of the near-meltdown at Davis-Besse nuclear plant in 2002). Such opposition in just this neck of the woods led to the defeat of a radioactive waste dump targeted at southern Michigan by eight states in the 1980s and 1990s, after all!

See the NRC meeting announcement below. Contact Kevin Kamps at Beyond Nuclear, at (240) 462-3216 or by email at kevin@beyondnuclear.org, for more information, or for ideas on concerns that you can raise at the meeting next week.”

Author: mediamouse

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