Wednesday, August 16, 2006

At The North Anna Public Meeting

Last night I drove to Louisa County, Virginia to attend an NRC Public Meeting concerning Dominion Virginia Power's application for an Early Site Permit to add two new reactors at the North Anna Nuclear Power Plant in Mineral. Click here for some photos from last night.

In particular, the meeting dealt with the Supplement to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the ESP, giving the community an opportunity to listen to the NRC's reasoning behind their findings, ask questions, and add their own statements to the record. Click here for coverage from the Fredericksburg Freelance-Star and here for coverage from the Richmond Times Dispatch.

Although the published accounts mention that 200 folks were in attendance, it probably should have also noted that there were hardly any empty seats in the school's auditorium once the meeting got underway, and that it was still more than half-full more than 2.5 hours after it began. I'll have more highlights later today.

UPDATE: Thanks to our pal Kelly Taylor for pointing to a report from the local NBC affiliate in Charlottesville. Click here for video.

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1 comment:

Matthew66 said...

What gets me about the opponents of the North Anna power plant is that they do not take their claims through to their logical conclusion. If the North Anna plant were to decommissioned and the site restored to its original state, the lake would have to be dismantled as it was formed specifically to provide cooling water for the plant. I would have thought the Sierra Club in particular would be in favor of demolishing the lake and returning the river to its natural flow. Personally I think the benefits of providing massive amounts of electricity without polluting the air to be of such great benefit that it outweighs the cost of damming the river and changing the aquatic environment.