Letters to the Editor, March 23

March 23, 2013

Lake Granbury level doesn’t
affect safe shutdown of plant

The March 20 article, “City may travel to D.C. to meet nuclear officials,” explains the Granbury City Council has plans to vote on whether they and the city manger should travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) about their concerns over Granbury lake levels and perceived risk if an accident were to occur at the Comanche Peak nuclear plant located near Glen Rose.

The safety of Comanche Peak is not dependent on the water levels in Lake Granbury.

The Region IV NRC staff in Arlington, Texas, who oversee Luminant’s operation of Comanche Peak, have spoken with local officials including Judge Cockerham and Mayor Pro Tem Hulett about their concerns.

NRC staff also provided a response via letter outlining the Comanche Peak nuclear plant cooling strategy.

The plant meets NRC regulations for ensuring safe operation under normal conditions and safe shutdown and cooling of the reactor under accident scenarios. As part of Luminant’s operating license, they are required to demonstrate sufficient cooling from an available water source for at least 30 days to safely shut down and cool the reactors during an accident scenario.

NRC does not regulate Lake Granbury water levels because level in that lake does not affect the safe shutdown of the plant. This is because Comanche Peak’s license includes the approved design of safe shutdown cooling water in a cove within Squaw Creek Reservoir.

The cove is protected by a seismically qualified dam and must be maintained at 770 feet mean sea level. The water in the cove ensures cooling water will be available under all accident scenarios.

Lara Uselding

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory

Commission (NRC)

Public Affairs – Region IV

Arlington, Texas

Seizure dog wanted

for our grandson

March 26 is “wear PURPLE to support awareness of epilepsy worldwide day.” I wanted to bring this to the attention of your readers to help support awareness of epilepsy and perhaps join Team Texas as we try to help my grandson Oliver get a seizure response dog.

His mommy Allison Dietzman (my daughter) and her family moved from Granbury last year.

Oliver was born on Feb. 24, 2012. Everything seemed fine until Oliver was 3 months old and had his first seizure. Since that day in June, after many more seizures and much testing, Oliver was diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome, a rare and catastrophic form of epilepsy. One way to help improve Oliver’s quality of life is for him to have a “seizure” dog. Typically, most seizure dogs range from $30,000-$50,000.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Western Ohio has organized “Flame Walk for Epilepsy 2013” to help Oliver get a seizure dog. Your prayers for Oliver and his family would be a blessing. If you are able and would like to help in other ways, please go to flamewalk.org. This site will allow you to register as a participant, join a team or make a donation. You can also go to Team Oliver2013 on Facebook to learn more about Oliver.

John and Robin Riggs


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