Nuclear threatens water resources

Posted by Trish Riley, March 27, 2009

Another thoughtful letter to the editor of the Gainesville Sun regarding the effects of the proposed nuclear power plant in Levy County:

March 25

Regrettably, James Tulenko’s March 15 letter failed to address the major objection to locating a nuclear power plant over a drinking-water recharge area feeding into the Floridan Aquifer.

To set the record straight, I offer here a few of the many points regarding the opposition to the nuclear plant proposed by Progress Energy of North Carolina in Levy County, some thirty miles from Alachua County.

The first sentence of my March 2 Speaking Out invited all citizens, whether or not they support nuclear power technology, to learn about the proposed plant and its potential threat of contamination of our drinking water supply of locating this nuclear plant in a wetlands/recharge area of considerable size.

I gave specific examples of nuclear accidents (major and minor) to indicate the potential for contamination in a very fragile area.

Tulenko’s claims of “half-truths” and “innuendo” are refuted by documented evidence regarding accidents, the AP-1000 nuclear reactor design, contamination of workers, uranium contamination of rivers flowing into the Rhone River in France, etc.

Tulenko states “There will always be accidents of a low-level nature.” This is misleading because what might be a “low-level accident” elsewhere might well be a serious threat in a water-resource area. Unfortunately, Tulenko omitted substantive comments on major accidents.

My earlier Speaking Out provided readers with information and data so that they can weigh the importance of the proposed site for Progress Energy of North Carolina’s industrial nuclear power plant against the importance of protecting remaining sources of our drinking-water.

Francine Robinson

Citizens Coalition for Clean Water

Gainesville

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