|Sent on:||Thursday, February 5, 2009 11:05 AM|
|Good morning to all - |
Progress Energy ( of Central Florida ) recently announced an 11 % rate hike ( to go into effect immediately ) to pay for the construction of 4 new Nuclear Plants in Florida ( 2 in Lvy County , and 2 in Turkey Point ) .
Thus , the Environmental Alliance of North Florida , the Ecology Party of Florida , and the Florida Environmental Community have started a petition , on - line , here -
to oppose the building of these new Plants , and , in particular , the funding of them , - when they have not come up for a public vote , and the construction has not even been approved .
Our united stand against the construction of new Nuclear power plants in Florida is based on the following -
> health hazards for individuals / families living in the vicinity of these Plants have been shown to be at higher risk for diseases such as cancer , diabetes , and other such diseases which effect the immune system , and do damage on a cellular level .
> the exorbitant costs of these plants are well documented , and shown by this rate hike .
Nuclear Plants have never proven to be cost effective , and the cost to build and maintain
them is always passed on to the public.
> We sincerely believe that sustainable energy is a great supplement to existing energy
delivery systems . Advances in such areas as Solar ( where concentrated Solar panels
are capable of providing sufficient megawatts to run large projects ) , and in Sea Water
air conditioning ( S.W.A.C. ) ; and also wind should be looked into as a safer alternative .
> The Nuclear waste disposal system , and probability for an accident , has always proven
to be high . This was proven just within this past month , as inspectors at a Nuclear Plant in the United Kingdom ( U.K. ) let nuclear waste slip through the inspection system by
failing to look at the sump pumps , which drain excess water out of the system . Thus ,
failure to look at this very basic item allowed nuclear waste to seep into the neighboring
If you so desire , let us send Progress Energy a message -
If nothing else , at least to stop and look at what they are doing , and to give the public a say in a situation that will most definitely effect our finances , and our health .
There is also a printable version of the petition located at the Ecology Party homepage -
if you wish to sign the petition in this manner . You will have to print this out , then mail it to
the Environmental Alliance of North Florida -
but , either way -
let's send Progress Energy a mesage to consider the needs of the community in their plans .