Petition to Provide Public Input on Plan to Put Nuclear Reactors in SWVA

Petition to Provide Public Input on Plan to Put Nuclear Reactors in SWVA

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The Clinch Coalition started this petition

When Governor Youngkin announced in October 2022, that his economic plan for SWVA was nuclear energy to replace the declining coal industry, it caught residents, environmental organizations and journalists by surprise. Small Modular (Nuclear) Reactors - SMRs - are being promoted as an alternative to large nuclear reactors while downplaying renewable energies such as solar and wind power.

  • SMR technology remains unproven and the Governor admits his "moonshot" will take 10 years, or 20 years based on a recent study by LENOWISCO.
  • Only one SMR design has been approved by the U.S. government. Many competing companies are seeking their own designs, including the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).
  • Nuclear energy is one of the most expensive ways to produce electricity and is not competitive with renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.
  • Millions of state and federal dollars are being diverted to this scheme. Initial SMR legislation was passed in the 2023 General Assembly, with more coming in the 2024 legislative session.
  • Critical input from residents of Southwest Virginia has not been sought throughout this process as officials advance plans to build nuclear reactors in our communities.
  • The LENOWISCO Planning District has identified seven potential locations for SMRs in Lee, Scott, Wise and Dickenson counties and the city of Norton.  Many are near homes, businesses, water sources and schools.
  • Toxic radioactive waste is created in the production of nuclear energy. It lasts for thousands of years and must be stored on site.

To learn more about the many critical concerns surrounding this issue, go to clinchcoalition.org. To express your reservations and call for transparency and accountability, please sign this petition. To reach out with questions or inquiries, email us at info@clinchcoalition.org

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