Annapolis, MD - Today, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan rolled out the details for his so-called clean energy plan, and environmental advocates were met with a nasty shock -- the plan includes a heavy reliance on nuclear power production, a disastrous form of energy that may not emit carbon, but is still not clean, renewable, economical, or equitable.
Right now, nuclear accounts for right around 14 percent of Maryland’s electric power. Nuclear energy inevitably produces nuclear waste, which there is no responsible way to dispose of. More often than not, the nuclear industry places this toxic, carcinogenic waste in close proximity to indigenous communities and communities of color, an environmental justice crisis that will only worsen if Maryland continues to invest in nuclear energy.
A group of environmental, consumer, and public health advocates, all members of the Chesapeake Safe Energy Coalition, released the following statement:
“We vehemently oppose Governor Hogan’s proposal to build new nuclear plants, which will be wasteful and expensive, making it harder for households to make ends meet and for businesses to flourish. We reject his belief that nuclear facilities can play a ‘clean and safe’ role in our renewable energy future. Calvert Cliffs cost nearly 3 billion dollars to construct. With wind and solar energy at our fingertips, there is no need to continue to prop up the expensive, dirty, and dangerous nuclear industry. The financial cost, the public health risks associated with radioactive waste, and the public safety risk of a meltdown outweighs any positives Governor Hogan may see. We are already seeing the impacts of climate change here in Maryland. Every dollar we spend propping up old, uneconomic nuclear plants or building new ones is a dollar we cannot invest in a just, clean, renewable energy future. ”