Anti-Nuke Group Plans Petition to Constellation
The Chesapeake Safe Energy Coalition, which opposes nuclear power, plans to deliver its Christmas present to Constellation Energy Tuesday morning: A petition with more than 8,000 signatures urging the company to sever its ties to the joint nuclear venture Unistar.
The activists have been unhappy with Constellation's plans to build a third nuclear reactor at its Calvert County plant, citing ballooning cost estimates and their opposition to the federal loan guarantees sought by the company for financing.
The nuclear issue flared again last week, when Electricite de France, the state-owned utility, beat out a Midwest utility controlled by Warren Buffett to save the financially battered energy giant.
EDF will pay $4.5 billion for a half interest in Constellation's nuclear power plants, and plans to press hard for the Calvert Cliffs expansion with federal lawmakers. Unistar is a joint venture between EDF and Constellation.
Members of the Chesapeake Coalition plan to picket outside Constellation's Baltimore headquarters on East Pratt Street from 8 to 9 a.m., reading anti-nuclear messages from a megaphone and handing out candycanes with energy factsheets attached.
The activists are pressing policymakers to endorse aggressive energy-efficiency measures they say could save energy and cut demand, costing taxpayers less than a new nuclear plant.
December 22, 2008; 4:46 PM ET
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