Hearing set for Levy nuke plant

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Special to the Citizen

It is all about water.

That is how Cara Campbell, Ecology Party chair, described the upcoming hearing on the proposed nuclear power plant in Levy County.

On Oct. 31, the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board will hold an evidentiary hearing on a challenge to the application for two nuclear power reactors.

The board is an independent three judge panel selected by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to review contentions to applications for nuclear reactors.

The hearing will be held in Bronson, though Campbell said the Ecology Party, an intervener in the case, tried unsuccessfully to have it moved to Citrus County.

“We do not believe the EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) is adequate,” said Campbell. “It underestimates the impact of water use and the destruction of wetlands.”

The hearing will focus on the contention by the Ecology Party of Florida and the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, an international organization with more than 30 years of experience in raising issues about nuclear power.

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