To the Editor:
I read your article entitled "Why is the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Coming to Town?" and wanted to add my thoughts before tomorrow's meeting in Manahawkin.
We need strong Citizens’ Oversight Boards at every nuclear reactor that is decommissioned. Resident Marianne Clemente got it right when she said that Holtec’s Mr. Dostal would be the fox guarding the hen house. Holtec’s interest is commercial; decommissioning for a profit. Residents’ interests are much deeper—they want to live in a prosperous and healthy community through and after the decommissioning process.
This video about issues with Holtec at San Onofre, California and the laxity of NRC oversight should be of great interest to all New Jersey residents.
None of this is to say that Congressman Kim’s town hall meeting or the stakeholder forum were not also useful. There can probably not be too much public education, or too many meetings -on a situation that has the potential for such a huge impact on a town and its neighbors. Even at the best of times, nuclear reactors release radioactivity and heat the waters along which they sit. Should an accident happen, the consequences could and likely would be horrendous.
I will be at the NRC’s Indian Point program near me today. On Thursday, I will travel to Manahawkin to attend the NRC's session there.
Sally Gellert, Woodcliff Lake, NJ