Just because gas prices have dropped doesn’t mean Ohio should build more highways. Recently, 700 Sierra Club members commented on the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) 2014 Statewide Transit Needs Study. Now we have the opportunity to weigh in on the specific projects that ODOT will fund in 2015-2018.
We hope you can join the Sierra Club for our annual Chapter Retreat. As one of the largest and most influential environmental organizations in the state, this is the time each year where we celebrate our victories, renew our spirits, and make our plans the year ahead. All are welcome, and meals will be provided for members who register.
YOU CAN JOIN US THREE WAYS!
Contact Pat Marida, Nuclear Issues Committee Chair, to join the Ohio Sierra Club Nuclear Issues Committee listserv.
Contact Pat also if you would like to join our monthly conference calls.
You can also ”Friend” Nonuclear Ohiosierraclub on Facebook.
We focus our attention on 4 nuclear sites:
· The nuclear reservation at Piketon, OH. USEC, Inc., whose stock is junk rated, is seeking a $2 billion loan guarantee to complete a gaseous centrifuge uranium enrichment plant on the 3,714-acre site. They experienced a crash of 6 centrifuges in June 2011. Other Piketon issues include: the need for more funding for cleanup of the massive contamination of a former gaseous diffusion uranium enrichment plant; the dual threats of a proposed nuclear power plant and a proposed radioactive metals smelting facility; and questions of future use of the site.
· The Davis-Besse reactor on Lake Erie has the worst violations and accident record of any currently operating US reactor. They are currently seeking a 20-year license extension.
· The Perry reactor on Lake Erie, on a fault in the center one of Ohio’s 2 most frequent earthquake zones, was recently named by Reuters as the most dangerous nuclear plant in the world, in terms of danger to worker safety. They had a troubling incident in April 2011.
· The Fermi 2 reactor in Michigan is also on Lake Erie, 20 miles north of Ohio. Fermi 1 breeder reactor had a partial meltdown in 1966 (See the book We Almost Lost Detroit). Fermi 2 is a Mark 1 reactor, same as those in Fukushima, with many problems. Detroit Edison is attempting to build Fermi 3.