Fish and people need water to live. Nuclear power plants need water to generate electricity. There may not be enough to share. South Carolina is already in a drought. We have to choose how we use our water. We ask local, state and national leaders and all permitting agencies, to stop construction on nuclear reactors in South Carolina until a full environmental impact study on water availability and quality is done.
A proposed and approved SCE&G Nuclear power plant upstream from Columbia South Carolina is threatening the environmental habitat of local wildlife and hundreds of thousands of citizens dependent on the Broad river for their drinking water. If DHEC approves the NPDES permit or permit to pollute, the Nuclear plant would intake, according to SCE&G's own numbers, 54.9 million gallons daily (MGD) from the Broad river and discharge 14.6 MGD. That amounts to 40.3 MGD up in steam to cool the nuclear reactor, not to mention the fact that water discharged back to the Broad will a super-heated 95 degrees. This increase in the Broad's already rising temperature will likely be the tipping point to extinction for animal and plant life both in the Broad and downstream. In a time of water scarcity we cannot allow 40 MGD of our Broad riverto be sacrificed for nuclear power.
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