TSEPA: Exelon Files for Nuclear Permit with Questions Still Unanswered

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Texans for a Sound Energy Policy Alliance (TSEPA) to Host Oct. 9 Public Forum

Exelon talks of being a good neighbor in Victoria County, but still hasn't addressed the long-term safety and environmental questions shared by many of us who live here in the Guadalupe River basin

Members of Texans for a Sound Energy Policy Alliance (TSEPA) today warned Victoria County residents that serious safety and environmental questions remain unanswered - even as Exelon moves forward in filing for a nuclear reactor construction license.

On Sept. 3, Exelon formally submitted an application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission seeking to build and operate a nuclear plant on an 11,500-acre tract of land in Victoria County. TSEPA members and other concerned citizens across the county and state have asked Exelon to first answer questions on the potential negative impact such a plant will have.

"Exelon talks of being a good neighbor in Victoria County, but still hasn't addressed the long-term safety and environmental questions shared by many of us who live here in the Guadalupe River basin," said TSEPA Director John Figer. "That may be a standard practice in Illinois and other states where Exelon has had its way, but in Texas good neighbors work and talk to find true resolution before building something that's going to affect people, land and water."

Figer noted that the site of the proposed nuclear power plant introduces serious safety and environmental concerns for the community while critically impacting the region's water supply. Water remains a key concern with legitimate questions on whether there is enough water in the Guadalupe River basin to support a nuclear power plant.

"When we ask for specifics, we're told 'Trust us,'" Figer said. "In Texas, trust is earned. By ignoring the serious questions of concerned neighbors, Exelon's actions speak louder than its words."

To help educate Victoria County residents on nuclear reactors and the impact this proposed plant could have on this region, TSEPA will host a community forum on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St. The forum will feature Arjun Makhijani, President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research in Takoma Park, Maryland. Dr.Makhijani has a PhD from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences of the University of Berkeley, where he specialized in nuclear fusion. A recognized authority on energy issues, Dr. Makhijani has testified before Congress and appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN. He is the author and co-author of numerous reports and books on energy and environment related issues. He was the principal author of the first study of the energy efficiency potential of the US economy published in 1971. He is the author of Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy (2007).

TSEPA's mission is to support a Texas energy supply policy that is reasonable, sustainable and environmentally sound. The main goal is to ensure the process of approving the proposed nuclear power plant is not rushed or secretive. Along with seeking public opinion and community participation in the process, TSEPA has retained engineers, hydrologists, attorneys, and economic and environmental consultants to conduct independent studies to answer questions and highlight any problems that may be identified.

To learn more about TSEPA and its concerns regarding the proposed nuclear reactor, visit http://www.speakupvictoria.com.

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