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Strong Local Support for Calvert Cliffs COL

There's an interesting piece in the Metro section of the Washington Post concerning just how much local support there is to add an additional reactor at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Maryland. Then again, you'd never know it if you read the headline on the piece:

Foes of Nuclear Expansion Find Few Allies

Huh? I don't mean to complain too loudly, but it seems to me that the reporter might well have gone into this story with a few preconceptions about how the locals feel about the plant.

Then again, if you had taken a look into our archives, you would have found interesting information like a strong endorsement of the plant and its operations from House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.

Beyond that, you also would have found a post from August 2005 pointing to a story about how the Calvert County Board of Commissioners unanimously supported a resolution in favor of a new reactor. Or another news story from August 2006 where that same board passed a property tax exemption for any new reactor.

All I can guess is that the reporter was looking for a "fresh" angle -- even though every indication is that the plant has been a good and reliable neighbor in that part of Maryland for many years.

UPDATE: More from our friends at NAM.


Ruth Sponsler said…
Excellent points.

One of the most annoying things about news articles is that the newspaper writers always seem so desperate to find the anti-nuclear movement (even if those people live out of the area), and so uninterested in the local residents, employees, and local supporters.
This will keep happening until there's an organized, grassroots pro-nuclear movement that's willing to say "I'm pro-nuclear and I'm proud of it."

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