Quick News: Occupy Toledo makes surprise visit to Monroe nuclear plant
Members of Occupy Toledo gave a surprise "mic check" Thursday to audience members of a public meeting on a proposed nuclear power plant in Monroe, Mich., 20 miles north of their Ohio hometown.
The meeting, sponsored by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and part of the approval process, invited public input about the safety and environmental impact of adding a second nuclear power plant in Monroe. DTE Energy has been considering building another plant to complement its existing Fermi II plant since 2008.
According to a 2009 Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) study, the cancer rate among people under the age of 25 in Monroe County rose at triple the rate of the rest of Michigan between 1996 and 2005.
More than 150 people who attended the meeting appeared pretty evenly divided in opinion on the proposed plant.
The audience consisted of a boisterous mix of DTE employees, politicians, environmentalists, union members and Monroe residents. And then there were 10 members of Occupy Toledo, who denounced the gathering in unison "as nothing but a dog-and-pony show prioritizing the profits of Detroit Edison [DTE] over the health and safety of the citizens of this region and the natural environment." Huffington Post