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McCain's Seabrook II Idea Under Fire

July 24, 2008

Seabrook, NH - Supporters of renewable energy say there shouldn't be another nuclear power plant in New Hampshire. Presidential candidate John McCain told the Manchester Union Leader newspaper this week that he might consider reviving the idea of a second plant at Seabrook as part of his energy plan.

Supporters call it a bold idea, but Cathy Corkery, chapter director of the New Hampshire Sierra Club suggests taking away the letter "B."

"This is not a bold new plan. This is actually the same plan circa 1950. What we really need is a new plan, a plan that is smart."

Corkery believes before New Hampshire builds any kind of power plant, consumers should focus on energy efficiency and conservation. She says adding nuclear power to the mix would likely have little effect on the price of energy.

Corkery argues there are new solutions that cost less than nuclear power, and are available without the wait.

"Building a new nuclear plant in Seabrook, or anywhere else, is expensive and creates new problems, when the last things we need in America are new problems, and to be spending money we don't have."

She says the new problems stem from uranium mining, waste disposal, and other environmental consequences.

More information on the New Hampshire Sierra Club is available online at

John Robinson/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - NH