New Nuclear Reactors: the Death of the Broad River?
SCE&G’s two new planned nuclear reactors at V.C. Summer in Jenkinsville 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 be 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 river to be sacrificed for nuclear power.