Medicos, ministers oppose nuke plant

November 7, 2003
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Medical professionals and several area religious officials and politicians are asking FirstEnergy Corp. not to restart the Davis-Besse nuclear plant. About 50 people, including the presidents of the Ohio Nurses Association and the Northeast Ohio chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, have signed a letter urging FirstEnergy to study alternatives to using nuclear energy to make electricity at the Toledo-area plant.

Davis-Besse has been idle nearly two years and under Nuclear Regulatory Commission suprevision after workers found a corrosion hole in the reactor's lid.

A FirstEnergy spokesman said keeping the plant closed or converting it to non-nuclear fuel aren't viable options. The utility intends to ask the NRC for permission to restart Davis-Besse soon after Thanksgiving.