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Alliance to Halt Fermi 3

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Halt Fermi 3; Act Now or Pay Later

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On Sunday, April 19, 2015, we ran a booth at Veg Fest in Novi. We found out that a lot of people didn’t even know that DTE Energy is planning on building a new nuclear reactor in Michigan – but now they do. Of the more than 100 people who stopped by the booth, only two were in favor of the idea. If we can manage to reach enough people with the information, we can stop DTE’s dangerous, expensive and unneeded project.

vegfest 2015 apr 19

See our “Events” page for ATHF3’s Events Calendar  – It’s a busy time. We have 6 events listed for the last half of June.

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Halt Fermi is our blog, a way of publishing opinion pieces and allowing people to comment on the issues and viewpoints represented. You’ll find it at http://haltfermi.blogspot.com/

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Our “Fermi Fallout” newsletter (Volume 1, Issue 1) is available for download as a pdf file:  http://www.athf3.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Fermi-Fallout-Summer-2014.pdf

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Also, if you have a FaceBook account, you might want to visit our FaceBook page and join our Facebook group.

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Detroit Edison’s license to operate Fermi 2 will expire in 2025. They are applying to extend the term of this license for an additional 20 years. We think this is a terrible idea. For more on this topic, see http://www.athf3.org/fermi-2/.

Detroit Edison thought they were done with the requirement to produce an environmental impact statement for their proposed Fermi 3 nuclear power plant. They were wrong. The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) ruled early in July of 2014 that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the 29 mile electrical transmission corridor from the proposed Fermi 3 to Milan, MI will be required.

Detroit Edison’s proposed 29 mile by 300-foot-wide transmission line corridor would cross nearly 11 miles of previously undeveloped land, including wetlands, grasslands, and forests that threatened and endangered species also call home. However, there is no mitigation plan whatsoever for this habitat loss.

Click here to download the detailed press release from Beyond Nuclear.

Or, see some commentary from an ATHF3 board member:  http://migreenparty.wordpress.com/2014/11/01/fermi-2-practically-forever-if-dte-prevails/

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Our billboard at Michigan & Trumbull:

athf3_billboard

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Here’s our latest recommended article, “Fukushima’s Children Are Dying”:  http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/15-1

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Petitioning

As a citizen of Michigan, I DO NOT want the Michigan Public Service Commission to issue a Certificate of Need to DTE Electric Company for the proposed Fermi 3 nuclear reactor, NOR do I want the Commission to approve rate increases associated with the Fermi 3 project or for Fermi 3 “Construction Work in Progress (CWIP).”

You can sign online or, if you want to circulate a paper version, download the printable pdf. In the online petition, your email address and phone number are optional entries. We hope you will fill in these lines so we can contact you for future events.

Click here for the online petition.

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Summary of the problem

Detroit Edison wants to build a new nuclear power plant, Fermi 3, next to Fermi 1 and Fermi 2. Nuclear power plants were dangerous and expensive in the 20th Century. Now that we have experienced meltdowns at Fermi 1 (1966, 1 reactor), Three Mile Island (1979, 1 reactor), Chernobyl (1986, 1 reactor) and Fukushima (2011, 3 reactors), we should better understand just how dangerous they are.

Fermi 3 is planned as a new, untried design. Construction is estimated to cost upwards of $15 Billion. Billions of “unexpected” additional costs are to be expected. Building it next to Fermi 2 will make both reactors less safe – and Fermi 2 is the world’s largest example of the GE Mark 1 containment, exactly the design that failed multiple times at Fukushima. Finally, The electricity from Fermi 3 is simply not needed in Michigan.

For these reasons, the Alliance to Halt Fermi 3 is opposed to building Fermi 3, and we believe Fermi 2 should be shut down before it melts down. We will hold public meetings in conjunction with allied community groups; make videos, speakers, printed materials and presentations available; and attempt to educate the public and political leaders by way of the press, letters from individuals and any other lawful actions we can think of.

We support clean energy, sustainable jobs and non-violent resistance to nuclear power. Here on the website, you’ll find upcoming events, print-your own leaflets, a way to sign up for our newsletter, and much more. We hope you will think it over and join us, or at least donate to the effort.

Download a copy of our bylaws:  ATHF3 Bylaws