CLOSE THE SALEM NUKES NOW
The UNPLUG SALEM Campaign

321 Barr Ave., Linwood NJ 08221
609-601-8583/601-8537; ncohen12@comcast.net
http://www.unplugsalem.org/

Wednesday, March 12, 2004

REVISED AND UPDATED:

For Immediate Release and Community Calendars:

PSEG NUKE SAFETY WHISTLEBLOWER TO SPEAK AT 3/28 UNPLUG SALEM CAMPAIGN RALLY

A whistleblower who has provided the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) with detailed information on safety culture problems at all three of PSEG's nuclear power plants will be the featured speaker at the upcoming UNPLUG Salem Protest to be held Sunday, March 28th, 2-4 pm, on the access road leading to Artificial Island, in Lower Alloways township.  Rain location will be the Salem Quaker Meetinghouse, on route 49 in downtown Salem.

This will be the first time that the PSEG whistleblower will be speaking in public. He will describe the reasons why he decided to go to the NRC with his safety concerns, and will discuss those concerns in detail on March 28th.

The protest will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant outside of Harrisburg, Pa. The rally is entitled: No TMI on the Delaware.

In addition to the whistleblower, there will be a large number of other expert speakers, including: Dave Lochbaum, nuclear safety engineer for the Union of Concerned Scientists; Joe Mangano, chief researcher for the Radiation and Public Health Project; Jim Riccio of Greenpeace; Paul Gunter of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service; Tony Totah, marine biologist for Clean Ocean Action; Jane Nogaki, Pesticide Coordinator for the NJ Environmental Federation; Dr. Judith Johnsrud of Three Mile Island Alert; and Ray Shadis of the New England Coalition.

Also speaking will be Frieda Berryhill, who has opposed nuclear power from before the Salem Nukes were built; Norm Cohen of the UNPLUG Salem Campaign;  Grace Costanzo of the Jersey Shore Nuclear Watch; and Roy Cannon and Matt Ahearn of the Delaware and New Jersey Greens.

Entertainment will be provided by the Eco-Chorale, and the protest will be powered by solar power provided by LBI Solar.

The NRC's annual assessment letters, dated March 3rd 2004, continue to point out the NRC's concerns with the poor safety culture at both of the Salem Nukes and the Hope Creek Nuke: "Cross-cutting issues involved instances of ineffective, untimely problem solving and corrective actions (and) numerous inspection findings which indicate that weaknesses continue."

Commented Norm Cohen, UNPLUG Salem Campaign Coordinator, "For the last three years we've been saying that the safety environment at PSEG's nuclear plants is dangerous.  Now we have concrete proof. Close those dangerous nuclear plants down now!"

Please join us on March 28th to make sure that Salem and Hope Creek do not become our own TMI on the Delaware.

CONTACT: Norm Cohen - 609-601-8583