Letters to the Editor

Nukes and water

In the media coverage of a proposed nuclear power plant in Fresno County, not one word had been mentioned about how much water must be used to operate such a facility. As an example, the Limerick nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania uses 35 million gallons a day for cooling in summer. Where will Fresno get extra water to operate a nuclear power plant?

California's water usage is dependent on annual rainfall and melting snowpack. There is already a strong conflict between advocates of agriculture and population growth over use of available water. Why haven't the political leaders supporting nuclear power told anyone about the need for so much additional water to operate nuclear plants? Water usage is an extremely important matter and all the facts should be presented to the public.

Agriculture is our main industry, not power generation. Who needs the water more than farmers and the people who live in the region?

John M. Travinsky

Fresno

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