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Title: Oppose New Reactors in Mississippi!
START DATE: 6/28/2005
Duration: 4 Hours
Location: Port Gibson, MS
Location Details:
Port Gibson City Hall, 1005 College Street
Event Topic: nuclear power
Event Type: Meeting
Contact Name: Brendan Hoffman
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (202) 454-5130
The energy giant Entergy has asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a permit to site two new nuclear reactors at the company's Grand Gulf Nuclear Plant in Port Gibson, Mississippi - right on the banks of the Mississippi River. That makes the state a guinea pig in testing new licensing procedures and new reactor designs, since no nuclear plant has been built in the U.S. since the 1970s.

In addition to suffering from the same five fatal flaws nuclear power has always had--cost, safety, security, proliferation, and waste--new reactors in Mississippi will pose a unique burden on the local population because of unjust tax laws. Unlike any other power plant in Mississippi or any other nuclear plant in the U.S., property tax revenues from the Grand Gulf plant in Claiborne County must be shared with 44 other Mississippi counties served by Entergy. That means the local government doesn't take in enough revenue from the plant to cover expenses necessitated by having the plant in the first place, such as extra police officers, fire fighters, and a fully-staffed and equipped hospital. The dangers posed by that situation extend well beyond the county line.

Neither Mississippi nor the country need the health, economic, and environmental dangers posed by nuclear power. Cleaner, safer, cheaper alternatives do exist; we can't afford to waste any more time or money on nuclear power if we ever hope to realize a sustainable and wise energy future. The fate of new reactors at Grand Gulf may well be the fate of proposed new reactors throughout the Southeast.

TAKE ACTION! The best way to register your opposition is at a public meeting hosted by the NRC on June 28, 2005, in Port Gibson, MS. We'll bring signs, banners, and stickers, and if you're so inclined there will be an opportunity to give brief comments. The more people that speak out against new reactors, the better, so mark your calendar today! You can also submit comments in writing up until July 14 instead of or in addition to comments you might give at the meeting.

Read Public Citizen's fact sheet on why new reactors will be a burden on Mississippi at For more information, visit

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