Hiroshima Day Vigil TUES Aug 6th @ the Statehouse

Hiroshima Day Vigil

TUES Aug 6th, 7PM

Statehouse Steps

Columbia, SC (Main & Gervais)

Remember Hiroshima and call for nuclear disarmament.

We still live in the shadow of the bomb.

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Organized by Carolina Peace and the Columbia Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends





Gaffney Hearing on Nuclear Permit this THURS April 4th


DHEC Wastewater Permit Hearing

for WS Lee Nuclear Station

THURS April 4th

Restoration Church International

1905 N. Limestone Street, Gaffney, SC 29340

6PM DHEC Presentation/Q&A.7PM Hearing & Comments

NPDES Permit hearing for nuclear wastewater discharge into the Broad River for Duke Energy’s two proposed reactors at WS Lee Nuclear Station in Gaffney, SC.

More info: http://www.scdhec.gov/environment/water/docs/PN_npdes_13-031.pdf

Carpooling from Columbia to Gaffney, SC to attend hearing:

Contact David, info @ carolinapeace.org or 803-215-3263

Submit Written Comments by FRI April 19th:


HOW TO COMMENT? Provide comments at the hearing or give DHEC written comments no later than close of business Friday, April 19, 2013. Forward comments to Randy Thompson (note notice # 13-031-H): SCDHEC/Bureau of Water, 2600 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29201 or Randy.Thompson@ dhec.sc.gov.







Two Years After Fukushima: Panel at USC TUES Mar 26th

Two Years After Fukushima: the Environmental and Political Impacts

TUES Mar 26th, 7PM

USC, Green Quad Learning Center

(Wheat & Sumter St. Entrance off of Sumter St between building. Look for sign that reads West Quad-Sustainable Learning Center)

Panel featuring:

Dr. Jeff Patterson, President, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) www.psr.org

Dr. Timothy Mousseau, biologist at USC and expert on environmental effects of Chernobyl & Fukushima.

Mary Olson, Nuclear Information Research Service (NIRS) www.nirs.org

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Carolina Peace Resource Center

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David Culp of FCNL Speaks on Nuclear Disarmament this FRI Feb 15th

“Effective Lobbying and Nuclear Disarmament”

with David Culp of the Friends Committtee on National Legislation (FCNL)

FRI Feb 15th, 1PM

USC,  Green Quad Learning Center, West Quad-Building D, 1216 Wheat St. (Sumter & Wheat St.)

(Entrance off of  Sumter St. between buildings, look for sign on Sumter St. that reads “West Quad-D  Center for Sustainable Learning” )

David Culp is the FCNL Legislative Representative focusing on Nuclear Disarmament legislation. David has 15 years experience on nuclear arms control and disarmament legislation. He was instrumental in the passage of the nuclear testing moratorium in 1992; the ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention in 1997; and the defeat of a new nuclear warhead, or nuclear “bunker buster” in 2004. He is one of six registered lobbyists on nuclear disarmament on Capitol Hill.

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MOX Plant at SRS Multi-Billion Dollar Boondoggle

Recent article from The State “Critics fear $7 billion SRS boondoggle” by Sammy Fretwell, January 27, 2013

The State‘s Sammy Fretwell interviews Columbia nuclear watchdog Tom Clements about cost overruns at the Savannah River Site’s MOX program.

“An energy department report published last month shows that the mixed oxide fuel factory is in danger of falling behind schedule and costing more than anticipated. The DOE’s Project Dashboard report gave the mixed-oxide factory complex a red rating, the most serious of three categories on the progress of agency construction projects…But the price tag could rise to nearly $7 billion when the federal government provides new cost estimates, according to a recent letter to the U.S. Department of Energy and those who track issues concerning the SRS complex near Aiken. The new cost estimates are expected this year.”

Clements has this to say

Tom Clements, a longtime anti-nuclear activist with the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, was more blunt in his assessment. He said today’s rising costs reflect only current conditions. But the site has a history of cost questions, Clements said. Records that Clements said he has reviewed show the MOX plant, at one point in the past, was estimated to cost about $1.8 billion. Now, the project could cost as much as $7 billion, he said, referring to Markey’s letter.

“If you look at spending on the MOX plant, you’d think we are rolling in dough and have no budget problems whatsoever,” Clements said. “Nobody is minding the store on this.”

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SCE&G Rate Increases for Nuclear Reactors & Hearings

SCE&G Rate Increases for New Nuclear Reactors

Public Service Commission Hearings on Rate Increases

MON Nov 26th, 2PM & TUES Nov 27th, 6PM

Public Service Commission of SC, 101 Executive Center Drive

Facebook Event for  Evening TUES Nov 27th Hearing: https://www.facebook.com/events/120497311442800/

SCE&G rates increase have taken effect to pay for construction of two new (and unnecessary) nuclear reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear unit in Jenkinsville, SC.


Under the Baseload Review Act passed by the SC Statehouse, SCE&G can pass along the cost of building these new nuclear reactors on to customers, and SCE&G is planning to continue ratcheting up rates over a long-term to pay for the multi-billion dollar project. Meanwhile, renewable energy sources like solar and off-shore wind and energy efficiency, the best ways to meet our energy needs in SC are being ignored!



TAKE ACTION: Attend a Hearing, Contact a SC Legislator

1. Attend a Hearing and speak out!  Register your 2 cents.  You have to sign up to give testimony, so arrive early if you want to speak early.

2. Contact your State Legislator and tell them to repeal the Base Load Review Act and cancel the new unnecessary nuclear reactors at V.C. Summer in favor of energy efficiency and renewable energy like solar and wind. http://www.scstatehouse.gov/ (Use “Find Your Legislator” box)

3. Educate yourself using these resources compiled by Carolina Peace!  Click “Read More”


Resources on SCE&G Rate Increases, New Nuclear Reactors  & Renewable Energy:

Sierra Club Fact Sheet and Talking Points on PSC Hearings http://myscsierra.org/chapter/images/stories/VC_Summer_Talking_Points_-_121002_1019.pdf


Sierra Club Press Release S.C. Sierra Club Calls for Cancellation of V.C.Summer Nuclear Units in Favor of Less Costly Alternatives”http://www.carolinapeace.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=19&Itemid=61


“Say No to Rate Increase,” Article in the Post & Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20121028/PC1002/121029273/1021/say-no-to-sceg-rate-hike


Solar Tax Credit in NC Create Job Boom, SC Fails to Pass Such Legislation: Article in the State, 10.28.12



Off-shore Wind Potential in SC, Blog Post from SACE (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)



Official Public Service Commission Hearings Docket

Confusing & jargon filled… not very inviting of public comment!  Their homepage is even worse.



Compiled by Carolina Peace Resource Center, www.carolinapeace.org

“Nuclear Weapons, Energy & Waste” Panel, WED Oct 10th

“Nuclear Weapons, Energy and Waste:

What South Carolina Needs to Know”

Panel Discussion

WED Oct 10th, 7PM

USC,  Green Quad Learning Center

1216 Wheat Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29208.


Tom Clements, Alliance for Nuclear Accountability

Susan Corbett, Sierra Club of South Carolina

Glenn Carroll, Nuclear Watch South

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Sponsored by the Carolina Peace Resource Center


Comment on MOX/Surplus Plutonium at SRS

DOE Hearing

“Draft Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)”


Several South Carolina and Georgia environmentalists attended an important Department of Energy (DOE) hearing on disposal of weapons-grade plutonium on September 4  in N. Augusta, SC.  This hearing on DOE’s “Draft Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental EIS” looked at production of plutonium fuel (MOX) at the Savannah River Site (SRS) and MOX use in nuclear reactors operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). SRS already has 13 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium stored at the site and more will come if the MOX program goes forward.  Carolina Peace is against the MOX option and supports immobilization of plutonium as nuclear waste.



Here is a link to a fact sheet on the issue from the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability. Commenting information is at the end of the PDF file.





Aug 14th SRS C.A.B. Meeting Considers Resolution Against More Nuclear Waste

SRS Community Advisory Board Meeting (C.A.B.)

TUES August 14th, 6PM-8PM

DOE Meeting Center (At Rear of Aiken Design Center),

230 Village Green Blvd., Suite 220, Aiken, SC 29801.

If you’re concerned about the issue of “consolidated storage” of some of the nation’s commercial spent fuel at the Savannah River Site, you will want to attend this C.A.B. meeting in Aiken, SC.   A draft recommendation against bringing highly radioactive spent fuel to SRS will be discussed and we need to show support for it.  The draft recommendation was presented at an earlier waste committee meeting and to the full CAB on July 23.  Industry boosters however will be speaking out against the resolution.

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