LETTER: Ameren's plan too expensive, too dangerous

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 | 3:31 p.m. CDT

With many people’s minds only on our economy, I’m afraid they might not be aware of a financial and health danger in our state.

This danger is from AmerenUE, which plans on building a second nuclear power plant near its first one. Ameren has estimated this cost at $6 billion. However, this cost could be exceeded several times as it was on their first plant. They are now running ads telling you that it will result in only a small rate increase. Don’t be fooled as this is only a wild guess, and they are not telling you what the cost to decommission their first plant will be and what it will cost you in more rate increases.

Don't think your homeowner policy will cover you from any dangers from this plant.  Even Lloyd’s of London won’t. This should tell you how dangerous they are. With the need for alternative energy, don’t be fooled in thinking nuclear is the answer, as it is far too dangerous and expensive. There are dangers in this form of energy from production to disposal.

Also, there is no site for its disposal, as they have been promising for years. Many suggested sites are near fault lines. This is resulting in the storage on their premises making them a target for terrorist attacks as well as the plants. The waste water and air samples are under federal control, and you know how dependable the federal government is.

There are many other cheaper and safer forms of energy than nuclear. Therefore I hope you will not be deceived by AmerenUE ads and will instead contact state and local officials to stop this plant and its wishes to pass on its building costs before its completion.

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