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Sandy Bihn

These two plants are loctaed in the shallowest waters in the Great Lakes. Both have cooling towers to reduce water use - which is good. They still use about 50mgd each and increase temperature in their 'mixing' zone. As these west Erie waters continue to increase in harmful algal blooms - all sources which heat the water and help the algae grow should be evaluated to determine if their thermal footprint can be reduced. The largest thermal plume is from the DTE coal fired plant which used an average of about 2 billion gallons of water a day discharged in about 12-14' of water. A cooling tower would substantially reduce the amount of water heated and the fish killed in the intake.


Thanks to the government making it impossible to build new plants, we extend old ones instead which is much more dangerous.

R. Gregory Stein

Many safety issues at Davis-Besse that are being ignored or glossed over.The prevailing winds are from the northwest. I feel fortunate not to live downwind from the DB plant. The plant has a history of serious safety issues, with some of those problems requiring the plant to be shut down over an extended period of time during the past decade. Just a matter of time before safety problems recur in an old plant like DB. A license extension to operate DB is a bad idea.

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