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January 19: Speak Out Against Nuclear Power in Virginia

Speak Out: No New Nukes! National Rally against the first new license for a nuclear power plant since Three Mile Island.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is ready for action after streamlining the nuclear power plant licensing process to exclude public participation, reactor safety, and radioactive waste disposal. It's flirting with disaster by proposing to build 2 new nuclear power plants in central Virginia.

If you're coming to DC on J20 to protest Bush's inauguration, support us on J19 in Virginia, just an hour south of DC. We have no doubt that this hearing date was picked in order to keep people from showing up.

We need a major turnout to send a message that we repudiate the U.S. Department of Energy and the heavily-subsidized industry's efforts to license new nuclear power plants despite unresolved safety and waste issues.

North Anna Nuclear Licensing Hearing: January 19, 2005; Mineral, Virginia Louisa County Middle School, 1009 Davis Highway, Mineral, Virginia 23117
WHO: The People's Alliance for Clean Energy, Public Citizen, and Sierra Club

WHAT: National Rally Against Nuclear Power immediately preceding a Nuclear Regulatory Commission hearing on a site permit for 2 new nuclear reactors at existing North Anna nuclear power plant in central Virginia

WHEN: Rally, 6 PM, Wednesday, January 19, 2005; NRC public meeting at 7 PM

WHERE: Louisa County Middle School, 1009 Davis Highway, Mineral, Virginia 23117

WHY: Flirting with Disaster: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is Ready for action after streamlining the nuclear power plant licensing process to exclude public participation, reactor safety, and radioactive waste disposal

Background:

Over the first four years of the Bush Administration, generous federal subsidies tempted Dominion to test a new streamlined permitting process for new nuclear power plants. Now the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is ready to begin issuing permits for new power plants as Congress considers major new subsidizes for the nuclear industry that include limiting the liability of new plant operators in the event of a massive nuclear accident.

What we need you to do:

We need you to come to our rally and the NRC's public meeting on this first site permit for a nuclear power plant in the US since the Three Mile Island meltdown.

We need you to help us send a resounding "NO" to NRC Chair Nils J. Diaz and to Thomas Capps, CEO of Dominion Resources. Dominion is the Virginia utility first in line for a license for a nuclear power plant site permit.

What you should say:

- Tell them to stop wasting taxpayer and shareholder money on the most expensive and most dangerous means ever invented to boil water and generate steam for electrical power.

- Ask them why, if nuclear power is so safe, they can not find a private insurance company to fully insure them against the costs of a major nuclear accident.

- Ask them where the high level nuclear waste would go from these two new reactors since the proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain, if its ever built, has a capacity limited only to the waste from existing nuclear plants through 2012.

- Ask them what will happen to the local economy and property values if the reactors impair fishing and other recreational uses of the lake, or if security concerns lead to complete closure of the lake to public access.

- Ask them what their evacuation plan is for the neighboring community and for Washington, DC (less than 90 miles down wind), and Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Charlottesville (less than 40 miles).

- Ask them why citizens are being told that they can not even raise issues of nuclear reactor security and nuclear waste.

Be There! January 19th Mineral, Virginia

We need a major turnout to send a message that we repudiate the U.S. Department of Energy and the heavily-subsidized industry's efforts to license new nuclear power plants despite unresolved safety and waste issues.

If you can not attend, please send your written comments to:

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 by e-mail (sent no later than March 1, 2005) to NorthAnna_ESP (at) nrc.gov.

Make sure you send copies of your comments to:

Nils Diaz, Chairman
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

Thomas E. Capps, CEO
Dominion Resources
120 Tredegar Street
Richmond, VA 23219

(Senator's Name)
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

(Representative's Name)
House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Resources:

www.northanna.org/
www.citizen.org/cmep/esp/northanna/
www.nirs.org

For more information, contact:

Abhaya Thiele, People's Alliance for Clean Energy, abhayathiele (at) yahoo.com 434-971-1647
Glen Besa, Sierra Club, 804-565-4950 glen.besa (at) sierraclub.org
 
 


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