Help Stop Progress Energy from Building New Nuclear Reactors in Florida

August 7, 2009 at 8:16 pm Leave a comment

**Attend Important Siting Board Meeting, August 11, 2009 in Tallahassee**

It’s been over 30 years since a nuclear power plant was approved in Florida and with your support, SACE and our partners have been fighting Progress Energy of Florida’s risky proposal to build two costly new nuclear reactors in Levy County. Last year, Progress submitted an application to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to certify the Levy County site. Now the final decision is about to be made!

Attend an important Cabinet meeting August 11, 2009 and tell Governor Crist and the Cabinet to protect Florida’s environment by denying approval for Progress’ Site Certification Application to build two new nuclear reactors in Levy County.

Now is the time for Florida to move away from these expensive, risky energy proposals and move toward energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy that protect our communities and Florida’s vital natural resources on which our economy relies and protect electricity customers from financial risk.

WHAT:
The Cabinet will meet at 9 am on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 in the Capitol in Tallahassee and will vote on whether to approve Progress’ application to construct two costly nuclear reactors at a Greenfield site in Levy County. The meeting will focus on the environmental impacts that could occur if Progress is allowed to build the first nuclear power plant in Florida in over 30 years. The Cabinet consists of Governor Crist, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, Attorney General Bill McCollum and Agricultural Commissioner Charles Bronson. This is your chance to address the Cabinet directly.

To access the agenda and information on the siting case, visit click here.

HOW:
Attend the 8/11/09 Siting Board meeting:
The meeting will be held in the Cabinet Room located on the lower level of the Capitol Building, room LL 03, down one floor from the lobby, located at 400 S. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL 32399. Visitor parking for the Capitol Building can be found in Lot E, Level 3 which can be reached from the front of the Capitol, head north on N. Monroe St. to Jefferson St. (one block), turn left, go 3 blocks to Bronough St. (one way street going south), turn left, go one block, then turn right into Level 3 entrance of parking garage.

To give public comment at the meeting you must register with Katie Flanagan, the Cabinet Affairs Rep. for DEP, by telephone at (850) 245-2024, by cellphone at (850) 778-6965, or by emailing katie.flanagan@dep.state.fl.us. Please limit your comments to 2-3 minutes.

If you cannot attend:
Contact the Office of Cabinet Affairs or the Offices of the Governor and other cabinet members to voice your concerns about the Progress Energy’s risky plans for a nuclear plant in Levy County.

Cabinet Contact Information:
Click here for the Cabinet website.

Governor’s Office of Cabinet Affairs: (850) 488-5152



Governor Crist:

Citizen Services Hotline: (850) 488-4441 

Executive Office of the Governor Switchboard: (850) 488-7146 
[8 a.m.-5 p.m.] 

Fax: (850) 487-0801



Attorney General Bill McCollum:

Citizen Services Hotline: (850) 414-3990

Florida Toll-Free: 800-966-7226



Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink:
Office of Cabinet Affairs, Gail Robinson.

Telephone: (850) 413-2825

Telecopier: (850) 488-6581
[Yvonne Gsteiger, Senior Cabinet Aide. Handles issues related to land use and the environment, and the Administration Commission.]



Commissioner Charles Bronson :

Telephone: (850) 488-3022

Background Information:
• The Levy County site has never been developed. Building two reactors and the massive transmission line project that’s required would have significant negative impacts.
• The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the federal agency responsible for licensing, has agreed with concerned organizations that there are several environmental issues of concern that need to be further studied. The Siting Board should not approve the site until these issues are resolved. These issues include:
o Numerous flaws in Progress’ application to the NRC on the impacts of the proposed reactors on wetlands, the underground Floridian aquifer system and the Withlacoochee and Waccasassa Rivers;
o The impact of salt contamination on wetlands;
o Millions of gallons of saltwater would be pumped from the Cross Florida Barge Canal every day to cool the plant, where a third of it would evaporate
before the salty remainder is pumped into an area adjacent to the Big Bend Aquatic Seagrasses Preserve; and
o Deficiencies in the Progress’ plans for radioactive waste disposal, particularly highly-radioactive Class B and C waste. Progress Energy has no viable means of disposing of this waste, nor of storing it onsite.

Click here for more information on the high costs of building new reactors in Florida.

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