Target: Thomas W. Johnson, Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
Goal: Demand the immediate closure of the Davis-Besse nuclear plant, plagued by poor construction and incompetence
Advocates of nuclear energy claim its production is safe, and that the risk of catastrophe is extremely small. Yet for many aging nuclear facilities, such as Ohio’s Davis-Besse plant, this threat is very real. Substandard construction, growing cracks in containment walls, operator errors and other chronic issues have plagued Davis-Besse. Yet despite the known problems at the plant its owners want to force ratepayers to fork over billions of dollars to keep it running.
Clearly, Davis-Besse must be shut down. It has already received more fines from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission than any other facility, and is to blame for the largest power outage in history. The consequences of a meltdown so close Toledo, a major city, would be devastating. And the odds of such a tragedy aren’t far-fetched. In fact, EcoWatch reports that owner incompetence has already brought the plant within a fraction of an inch of disaster.
Ohio residents shouldn’t have to live under this constant nuclear threat, and they shouldn’t have to pay to keep Davis-Besse running. Urge the Public Utilities Commission to reject owners’ demands for continued subsidy, and to order the immediate closure of this public menace.
Dear Mr. Johnson,
The owners and operators of the Davis-Besse nuclear plant want your Commission to continue siphoning billions from Ohio’s shaky economy into their pockets, despite the plant’s horrific safety record.
Structural problems have been an issue at the plant since it first opened, and every winter the freezing temperatures widen cracks in its shield wall. The Great Lakes region is home to millions of people as well as diverse wildlife–all of which are under constant threat from the Davis-Besse plant. A Chernobyl-scale disaster has already been narrowly averted there. Such a catastrophe could render the Great Lakes hostile to life for thousands of years.
Much of the blame for the plant’s sorry state rests with the owners themselves. Yet rather than protect the public and voluntarily decommission Davis-Besse they are urging you to put Ohio ratepayers on the hook for billions of dollars to keep it running.
I must insist that the Public Utilities Commission call for the plant’s immediate deactivation. Stand up for the safety of now and future generations of Ohio residents, and shut down Davis-Besse for good.
[Your Name Here]
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