Can We Talk?
US Nuclear Energy Foundation
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OPEN LETTER TO SMALL TOWNS IN THE WEST
The US Nuclear Energy Foundation is embarking on a “road trip” to bring our nuclear energy advocacy presentations to Nevada small communities and towns. Since late 2004 our non-profit foundation has been addressing northern Nevada organizations and holding public presentations with the pro-nuclear message, “Bringing Science to Citizens”.
Educating the public about nuclear energy is our mission and we are happy to offer this message to small communities and towns in Nevada. Our mission is mostly interested in talking directly with local people, business and county representatives as opposed to state and federal bureaucracies. It is our understanding that the mining industry is one of the largest consumers of power in Nevada so stable low cost electrical power in those communities would be an energy boon to the mining industry.
Many smaller communities don’t realize that today’s third generation nuclear plants use less water than the first and second generation plants did making them more viable in desert climates. New nuclear developments often secure high approval by the EPA as they are basically 100% free of carbon emissions. In existing nuclear plant communities up to 80% of the public support nuclear plants.
Some of the potential communities may be represented by Indian Tribes and we feel that a truthful presentation about nuclear would be very beneficial to them for an accurate understanding of this technology and an excellent commerce potential for their people. Today’s nuclear facilities are pushing the envelope for Green Energy and their “area footprint” is much more efficient than wind and solar environmental impacts.
The following are the initial questions posed for the location basics of the sight considerations for a new nuclear power plant. Basic land size suggested (600 acres Minimum prefer 1000 with Buffer) Water usage (Roughly 40 to 50,000 acre ft per year) but only 25,000 consumed for steam generation.
Support industries affected by such a plant: Professionals; Accountants, Analysts, Business management experts, Chemists, Document control experts, Health physicists, Information technology experts, Occupational safety, including radiation safety experts, Plant operators, Statistics/probabilistic risk assessment experts, Training specialists. Technicians & Skilled Trade: Carpenters, Construction trades and related workers, Electricians, Engineering technicians, Heavy equipment operators, Machinists, Maintenance technicians, Millwrights, Pipefitters, Science technicians, including chemical, environmental protection, instrumentation and control, radiation protection and nuclear, Security officers, Welders.
Findings from a 2009 survey from NEI and Bisconti Research Inc. include the public living within 10 miles of a nuclear plant:
· 90 percent of plant neighbors have a favorable impression of their local nuclear plant
· 76 percent would accept a new reactor at their nearest nuclear plant site
· 79 percent say they would find acceptable a new reactor at the nuclear plant nearest to where they live.
· 90 percent believe that nuclear plants stimulate the local economy and provide jobs for local workers
· 56 percent (down from 71 percent in 2007) agree that used fuel can be stored safely on plant sites until it is moved to a permanent disposal facility.
The key Issue for western remote areas is access to metropolitan areas for qualified trainable people in nuclear plant operations; accountants, chemists, security, maintenance, etc. Remote communities are faced with the task of developing an “enticing community”, educational, recreational, solitude, environment in order to “attract” high-tech nuclear engineers and operators to their “communities”. Can old hometown rural personalities learn to merge with “techies” and “build” a western community theater, science center, new library, etc.? Can such communities and technology approach these things as “tasks for resolution” not opposition? These are the KEY questions to all factions towards rural community and technology integration.
There is a wealth of information available on our website at: www.usnuclearenergy.org take a look then make a list of questions.
So, if your community is interested I think we should talk about nuclear power basics . . . no better way to share than a good old fashioned “town meeting”.
Gary J. Duarte, Director,
US Nuclear Energy Foundation
A Sincere effort of Major importance to America-Nuclear Energy!