Evacuation Worries Cited in Opposing Reactor Plan

David Triantos, above at right, and Gwen DuBois, below, were among those at a news conference in Solomons.
David Triantos, above at right, and Gwen DuBois, below, were among those at a news conference in Solomons. (Mark Gail - The Washington Post)
Sunday, October 14, 2007

Opponents of a proposed third reactor at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant gathered in Solomons on Thursday to voice concerns about whether roads could accommodate the traffic in the event of an evacuation.

The news conference was organized in part by the Maryland Public Interest Research Group. Calvert resident Bob Boxwell, a critic of the proposal for the reactor, noted that the two-lane Gov. Thomas Johnson Bridge over the Patuxent River, the only route south out of the county, is rated by state highway officials as "failing" during peak traffic times.

Officials with the county government and Constellation Energy, operator of the plant, said that the current evacuation plan is sound and that the chance of a meltdown is remote. A Constellation spokesman said last week that any concerns about evacuations related to the proposed reactor will be examined during the approval process by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

General evacuation procedures are posted on the county's Web site, but specifics are not publicly known. County officials decline to discuss details, saying that public disclosure might aid a terrorist group.


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