Grammy Winner Benson Adds His Voice to Water Warning on Exelon Nuclear Project

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Singer shares TSEPA's concerns for area's water future

Grammy Award winner Ray Benson has joined members of Texans for a Sound Energy Policy Alliance (TSEPA) in questioning how a proposed nuclear reactor in Victoria County will impact the future water supply throughout the Guadalupe River Basin.

The award-winning singer has recorded a series of radio announcements advising listeners of the project and to urge them to sign a petition opposing the project. The announcements are currently airing on radio stations throughout the area.

"Water is the life blood of each one of us, our families and our future. We all depend on it," said Benson. "A proposed Exelon nuclear power plant near Victoria will create a water shortage that will forever change the river."

Exelon Nuclear has 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.

In Dec. 2007, the Guadalupe Basin River Authority cut a deal with Exelon that reserves more than 24 billion gallons of water annually from the Guadalupe River for the proposed plant. As Benson notes in his radio announcements, that's more than seven times the amount of water the entire city of Victoria uses every year.

"The more people learn about Exelon's plans and the implications to our area's water supply, the more red flags are raised," said TSEPA Director John Figer. "Ray Benson's involvement in our education effort shows concern goes beyond Victoria County. Communities all along the Guadalupe River have a stake in whether this nuclear facility is built or not."

Benson joins a growing number of concerned citizens across the state questioning whether there is enough water in the Guadalupe River Basin to support a nuclear power plant.

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 hear Benson's radio announcements and to learn more about TSEPA and its concerns regarding the proposed nuclear reactor, visit http://www.speakupvictoria.com.

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