Participation opportunity – Turkey Point EIS public meeting

One of the most prolific anti-nuclear activist groups, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), is distributing posts encouraging their followers to oppose FP&L’s plan to build two new reactors at the Turkey Point Power station.

SACE is encouraging people to submit negative comments via the public comment process for the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the licensing application for Turkey Point 6&7. (The initial NRC EIS review was favorable).

In addition, SACE is asking people to attend public meetings, which will be held in South Florida – Miami and Homestead – April 22 and 23.

The best way to respond to people who are freely expressing views that are contrary to yours is to participate in the process. Submit comments of your own that explain the importance of the project as both a source of reliable power and as an environmental benefit.

Here is the most misinformed statement in the below missive from SACE.

In the face of climate change, we need real solutions now. Clean, safe, and affordable renewable energy along with energy efficiency and conservation will not endanger our health, environment, or future.
(Emphasis added)

People who care about clean energy, clean water and avoiding CO2 emissions for both climate change and ocean acidification concerns should recognize that nuclear energy is one of the best available tools for archiving their goals.

If you are somewhere close to the public meetings, make plans to attend as many as you can.

The below release includes useful details.

Attend Hearing – Voice Concerns about Turkey Point’s Risks!

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Public Hearing on FPL’s Proposed Turkey Point Reactors
April 22-23, 2015
Miami and Homestead, Florida

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is taking public comment on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for FPL’s licensing application to build two costly, water-intensive new nuclear reactors at their existing Turkey Point plant in Miami-Dade County near Homestead, about 25 miles south of Miami.

Please attend one of the public hearings to voice your concerns [and support]. This is likely the last opportunity before a final EIS is issued for this project that, if built, will [favorably] impact surrounding communities, the Everglades, Biscayne Bay, local water and land resources and your utility bills. These reactors are not the [one] answer to Florida’s energy needs. In the face of climate change, we need real solutions now. Clean, safe, and affordable renewable [nuclear] energy along with energy efficiency and conservation will not endanger our health, environment, or future.

View our talking points on clean energy solutions and visit our website. For information from the NRC, click here.

Can’t attend any of the hearings? Please send in your comments on the draft EIS by May 22, 2015 by:

Mail: Cindy Bladey, Office of Administration
Mail Stop: OWFN 12 H8 U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Washington, DC 20555–000

E-mail: TurkeyPoint.COLEIS@nrc.gov

Details and hearing locations below.

Hearing in Miami, Florida

When: Wednesday, April 22, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Where: Florida International University
Stadium Club Room
FUI Stadium
11200 S.W. 8th Street
Miami, FL 33196

More information here.

Hearings in Homestead, Florida

When: Thursday, April 23
First Session: 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Second Session: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Where: Hampton Inn and Suites
Miami-South/Homestead
Reef Room
2855 N.E. 9th Street
Homestead, Florida 33033

More information here.

Questions? Contact Sara Barczak, sara@cleanenergy.org

Source: http://www.cleanenergy.org/2015/04/10/turkey-point-hearings/

(Edits inserted.)

SACE’s Twitter handle is @cleanenergyorg. It might be a good idea to follow and keep track of their activities.

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