CLOSE THE SALEM NUKES NOW
The UNPLUG SALEM Campaign
321 Barr Ave., Linwood NJ 08221
To: FEMA Region 2
26 Federal Plaza
New York, New York 10278
Dear Mr. Picciano,
This letter is in reference to the NJ evacuation plan for New Jersey’s four nuclear plants. We request that you, in your role as superintendent of the NJ State Police, not certify or sign off on the Evacuation Plan as it currently stands, and that you notify FEMA of this decision. We further request that you commission an independent consultant to review the plan, as was done in New York State for Indian Point, to see whether or not the Plan, as currently written, would work.
Our testimony at the annual public hearings held by the NJ DEP, make it clear why the Plan, as written, would not protect the citizens of Salem and Cumberland County in the event of a catastrophic accident at one of PSEG’s three nuclear power plants. Our testimony is on file at both the NJDEP Bureau of Nuclear Engineering and at the State Police.
The recent tragedy in the wake of Hurricane Katrina only magnifies the reason why New Jersey needs an independent review of our Nuclear Power Evacuation Plan.
There are many scenarios that the Plan fails to deal with, including
radiation releases that occur without warning, and combinations of events such as a hurricane and radioactive accident occurring spontaneously.
The Plan has weaknesses in its reliance on school buses, its reliance on evacuation by car on rural roads, on its limited use of Potassium Iodide, and on its refusal to run live, real-time exercises rather than table-top practices.
New York State hired the Witt Associates to review the Plan for Indian Point. New Jersey should follow suit.
The UNPLUG Salem Campaign is a network of 109 organizations that act as a safety watchdog for PSEG’s three nuclear plants.
Coordinator, UNPLUG Salem Campaign
Organizations and individuals co-signing this letter:
2610 Grendan Dr
Wilmington, Delaware 19808
John and Betty Canderan
9 Kimberley Court
Cape May Court House NJ 08210
William deCamp Jr.
1229 Bay Ave.
Mantoloking, NJ 08738
1 Donwood Drive, Eagle Glen
New Castle, Delaware 19720
Cumberland County Freeholder
633 Dove Drive, Millville, NJ 08332
Sid Goodman 158 Grandview Lane Mahwah, NJ 07430
Coalition for Peace Action
40 Witherspoon Street
Princeton NJ 08542
Rev Robert Moore, Executive Director
Camden County Green Party
1100 Bergen Ave Apt 2
Camden NJ 08105-4262
Richard Giovanni, Coordinator
Coalition Against Toxics
223 Park Avenue
Marlton, NJ 08053
Jane Nogaki, Secretary
New Jersey Environmental Federation
1 Lower Ferry Rd.
Trenton, NJ 08628
Amy Goldsmith, State Director
VOTER, PO Box 12051, Washington, DC
Donald Keesing, Director
Sean Gilligan 151 Betsy Rawls Drive Middletown, DE 19709
New Jersey Public Interest Research Group
11 N. Willow St
Trenton, NJ 08608
Dena Mottola, Executive Director
Atlantic County Green Party
J. David Alcantara
4021 Ventnor Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Julio Vincent De Sanctis and Rev. Joan De Sanctis
142 S Main Street, Woodstown NJ 08098
Tara Dallara 404 White Horse Pike #2
Haddon Heights NJ 08035
Kathleen Pennell ~
Environmental Toxicology in Children, 26 Edgewood Drive, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Cumberland Conservation League
2138 W. Main St.
Millville NJ 08332
Rob Crowley, Rep.