From noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church at 2272 Collingwood Blvd., residents can step up to a microphone and air their views about the plant into a video camera. All discs or tapes containing the recorded statements will be delivered to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission prior to the Dec. 27 comment deadline, Mr. DeMare said.
The format will be similar to one the NRC used at Camp Perry, the Ohio National Guard base west of Port Clinton, when the agency hosted a pair of sessions called environmental scoping meetings on Nov. 4. Those meetings are ones in which the public was invited to say what environmental risks might be posed to the western Lake Erie region by another 20 years of operation by Davis-Besse. The only difference is NRC staffers won’t be there in person to hear comments as they’re spoken.
Scott Burnell, spokesman for the NRC’s headquarters in the Washington suburb of Rockville, Md., said NRC staffers will view the recorded proceedings if the discs or tapes are submitted in time. Nearly all the comments the NRC and other government agencies get outside of official proceedings are written statements. He said he is not aware of citizens ever submitting such a video as comments for the review of a re-licensing application.
“We all feel that if any plant should be shut down and have its license extension refused, it’s Davis-Besse,” said Mr. DeMare, a 48-year-old machinist and member of the Wood County Green Party.
The Green Party of Ohio is hosting the meeting with help from the Ohio Sierra Club, Beyond Nuclear, and Coalition for a Nuclear-Free Great Lakes — groups which for years have questioned the need for nuclear power. Organizers said, though, they welcome a divergent point of view and will not discourage those with pro-nuclear views from speaking.
“For me, more than anything, is to let the NRC know that we care,” said Green Party of Ohio co-chairman Anita Rios, who lives in Toledo.