For Immediate Release
Stacy Jurich (419) 290-1259; Terry Lodge (419) 205-7084; Michael Keegan (734) 770-1441; Joseph DeMare (419) 973-5841
Citizens Respond to the Davis-Besse Atomic Reactor Crack Debacle
TOLEDO, Ohio - This Wednesday morning, October 19th, at 10:00 am, a Press Conference will be held at Levi’s Square directly north of the Toledo Edison building in downtown Toledo. The focus of the briefing will be on the Davis-Besse reactor building crack and citizens' response and initiatives to this unfolding debacle.
Attorney Terry Lodge will provide updates including new pending legal interventions to halt the re-licensing of the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant. Beyond Nuclear is a lead organization in the environmental coalition challenging FirstEnergy nuclear utility's bid for a 20 year license extension.
Intervenors will review the status of the Davis-Besse crack and the track record of FirstEnergy. Engineering, legal and financial perspectives will be provided.
Citizens will initiate and introduce a Resolution which speaks to the need for: independent inspection; protection of public health and safety; alternative energy. This Resolution will be sent to all Toledo City Council members by a broad coalition requesting support. This coalition includes the Toledo Safe Energy Coalition; Ohio Green Party; Beyond Nuclear; Citizens Environment Alliance; Coalition Against Nukes; Don’t Waste Michigan.
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