Saturday, April 9, 2011

Pantano to host Town Hall Meeting on Nuclear Power and the Brunswick Plant

Verne Strickland Blogmaster

“Nuclear power’s impact on our community and the country: 
The facts and myths.”
Ilario Pantano, candidate for US Congress, supports an “all of the above” energy policy approach that includes nuclear power and is increasingly reliant on domestic energy production. 

However Pantano’s support does not come at the expense of accountability and transparency.  As a father, husband and local Wilmington resident, Pantano feels that it is time for some straight talk on the future of the nuclear industry and of the plant right here in Brunswick County that has been operating for over 35 years. Guests from Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties are all invited to participate in this town hall discussion.

Pantano issued the following statement:

“As concerns about the radiological hazards of the Japan tragedy continue to grow, our goal is to have an honest conversation about the benefits and the risks of nuclear power and fuel storage. We will bring the focus close to home with a look at the Brunswick Nuclear facility, its operating practices and safety procedures. Our hope is that experts from both Progress Energy and GE Hitachi will choose to be on hand to speak to the public and answer questions about the issues both here and in Japan.  We are grateful to the brave technicians from our GE community that have gone overseas to help and we hope they will share some insights.  This event should mark the beginning of an ongoing knowledge share with the nuclear community and the public.”
Who is invited (confirmed speakers will be announced prior to event):

1) The Public -  Come learn, share and discuss the issues
2) Regional Elected Officials - Hear from the experts and your constituents
3) Public Safety Officials - Outline safety procedures and evacuation plans
3) Industry leaders and experts from Progress Energy, GE, and more

What:  Town hall meeting on the Brunswick Nuclear plant
When:   Thursday, April 14, 2010 at 12:00PM
Where:   North East Regional Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Road
               David M. Paynter Assembly Room

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