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Portsmouth – Citizen groups will get an opportunity to make their case for intervention in the early relicensing of the Seabrook nuclear power plant to operate until 2050. The hearing will take place at 9 AM to 1 PM on Tuesday, November 30th at the Levenson Room of Portsmouth Public Library.
The groups – Beyond Nuclear (Takoma Park, MD), Seacoast Anti-Pollution League (Exeter, NH) and the New Hampshire Sierra Club (Concord, NH) – petitioned the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) last month to convene a legal hearing. The groups want a fair and accurate assessment of the region’s potential and plans for clean, safe and renewable energy as an alternative to another 20-years of Seabrook plant operation. NextEra, one of the limited liability corporations of the owner Florida Power & Light (FPL), is seeking a twenty (20) year license extension for the Seabrook reactor when the current operating license expires in 2030. The groups charge that the company’s environmental report, as required under federal law, is seriously deficient and misinforms the federal licensing agency on energy alternatives, particulary offshore and deepwater wind.
The NRC will only allow one representative of of the three groups to speak at the prehearing, who will be Paul Gunter of Beyond Nuclear. Ray Shadis of the New England Coalition and Friends of the Coast will also be speaking, representing four additional contentions having to do with NextEra’s underestimation of the impacts of a large scale accident and the management of aging electrical components vital to future plant operations.
WHAT: NRC Prehearing Conference to hear oral arguments from intervention petioners
WHEN: 9 AM to 1 PM on Tuesday, November 30th. Citizen group members will gather at 8:30 AM with placards at Library entrance.
WHERE: Levenson Community Room, Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Ave.