Your recent coverage of the Savannah River Site and Sandy Mush is one-sided, and doesn't seem to have been fact-checked [“Local Matters Special Edition: Talking nuclear with Ned Ryan Doyle and Jerry Nelson,” an online-only feature, Jan. 20, www.mountainx.com]. There is no plan to consider Sandy Mush as a waste repository site, which is a pretty important fact considering the amount of press this issue has received.
There are members of the community who support nuclear energy as a much safer, cleaner alternative to coal. I am an artist, an environmentalist and a member of the Burton Street Community. I also happen to actively support nuclear energy, as do many of my friends and many top scientists. It would be great to have our perspective and some real facts heard in the public local dialogue about energy.
— Suzanne Hobbs
Editor’s note: In the 1980s, Sandy Mush was indeed considered as a possible nuclear-waste repository site, but it’s not clear whether the location is again under review. Our online-only podcast, Local Matters, recently focused on a bus trip taken by a group of local activists who attended a January meeting of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. Convened almost a year ago by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, the commission is charged with overseeing management of the country’s nuclear fuel and waste.