Public hearing on Lee Nuclear Plant

Published 10:28 am Monday, January 9, 2012

Some local residents are planning to attend a public hearing scheduled in Gaffney, S.C. on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. about the proposed Lee Nuclear Plant on the Broad River.
At that public hearing, the public is invited to submit oral and written comments to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) about the proposed plant.
According to Ellen Thomas of Tryon, Lee Nuclear Plant’s two reactors would use 47 million gallons of water per day with 75 percent loss through evaporation. The NRC calls the Broad River “small” and climate changes suggest possible droughts, she said. Shutdowns could happen because of lack of water for cooling, she said.
The hearing will be held at Restoration Church International, 1905 North Limestone Street, Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Those who want to speak at the public hearing will need to sign up 15 minutes before the meeting or reserve a spot in advance by contacting Sarah Lopas at 800-368-5642 ext. 1147 or by Jan. 17.
If you would like to carpool to the hearing, or for further information, contact Ellen Thomas, P.O. Box 26, Tryon, N.C. 28782, 828-859-8325,
– article submitted by Ellen Thomas

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