But proponents, which include North America Young Generation in Nuclear, continued their endorsements throughout the three-hour meeting. Here's a sampling:
- "We have had a longstanding positive relationship with Constellation Energy and Calvert Cliffs. We conduct annual drills with them to ensure our state of readiness. ... I am confident they share our commitment to community safety." -- Dr. Robert Schlager of Calvert Memorial Hospital
- "Calvert Cliffs is a great partner. We train with them and have several different emergency plans that we practice all the time. And we support this [expansion] effort." -- Mike Evans, Calvert County Sheriff
- "Constellation Energy is an outstanding corporate citizen that pumps millions into the local and state economy." -- Darren Maertens, chairman of the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce.
During an open house preceding the meeting, a longtime resident of Calvert County told me that when he graduated from the local high school in 1955, the principal advised graduates to leave the area. "That's all changed now because of the nuclear power plant. This plant gives us clean energy, good jobs and a strong community."