ONLY ON 3: Brunswick Nuclear Plant to blame for deaths of endangered sea turtles
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SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) -- Three endangered sea turtles died recently near the Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport. The turtles died after getting into the canal that provides cooling water for plant operations.

The Brunswick Nuclear Plant is not far from the Atlantic Ocean. At times, migrating sea turtles make their way onto the property. This time, it had deadly consequences.

"It's the filtration racks that are designed to block trash from getting into the cooling water, but sometimes they catch turtles, fish or other wildlife, and this is an example of one where an endangered sea turtle was actually killed," said Tom Clements of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability.

The plant found not one, but three green sea turtles dead in the intake canal last week. Clements learned about the first death via an e-mail from the plant on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's website.

"Some of these things don't reach the public unless you go searching for them," he said.

Clements hopes the death of the sea turtle will lead to some changes at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant, which may already be happening.

"A number of constructed barriers are in place at the entrance to the canal that provides cooling water for plant operations," Progress Energy Communication Specialist Ryan Mosier said in a statement. "These barriers help prevent marine life from entering the waterway. It is unusual for us to find this number of small turtles in the canal, and we have taken measures to bolster the barriers that prevent them from coming in contact with plant operations."

The NC Wildlife Resources Commission is examining the turtles to determine the cause of death.

Progress Energy says that will help the company work to prevent any future challenges for the turtles in the area.

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All you folks bashing anti-nuke people (tree huggers) when not even one commented. You people need to get a life.

Please go back to generating the power for your home and appliances on your exercise bike rigged to produce kinetic energy. Or better yet, put up some wind turbines to harness the natural energy of wind, because we all know how non-lethal the turbines are on birds. Oh, or we can move everyone out of Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, and New Mexico and level the land and cover it with super expensive solar panels to harness energy enough for the south eastern part of NC.... Maybe it's you that should get a life, plus a clue.

not exactly your forte eh? Counting your regurgitation and this comment:

"It's the filtration racks that are designed to block trash from getting into the cooling water, but sometimes they catch turtles, fish or other wildlife, and this is an example of one where an endangered sea turtle was actually killed," said Tom Clements of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability.

That's 2... How's your math cupcake?

....go back to your crack pipe, sleep it off. THEN read the article again. Perhaps you'll get it the third go around. Geeeez...

Shut the plant down, a turtle died. Sea turtles should stay in the sea and not come up the river.

Cause of death hasn't even been determined...Sounds like someone was trying to find a story... How many ocean animals are killed by boats each year in the Wilmington area? No idea, huh?

We need cheap supplies of power if we are going to power all of our electric cars and cell phones to take to our Occupy rally.

Wasting NC Wildlife resource (tax dollars) investigating Turtle deaths is about the stupidest thing I have ever heard of. You would Gov Perdue ordered this autopsy...

..left wing, tree-hugging, anti-nuclear opposition group. They know very little about nuclear energy and not much more about sea turtles. The Bruswick plant is a major industrial power generating station supplying the huge power demands to this local region. If a sea turtle happens to find its way into the cooling water intakes, it isn't the power plants fault as this article intentionally implies.

So Scott, tell us all as to how your article can actually place pointed blame for the deaths of these turtles? Your writers attempt to make Progress Energy appear as turtle axe-murderers. Not a fair picture to paint by any means. Your credibility as a locally reliable news reporting agency is quickly dwindling. Yeah, the headline grabbed my attention, you got me and you can thank me for "...visiting your website." Fine...

Be it known that hundreds of turtles die every year along our coastline to a variety of accidents to include, shallow water entrapment, boating accidents and commercial fishing nets, which are all unintentional accidents. This will always occur and is not preventable. Perhaps you can clarify and substantiate your statistics on the purposeful, willfull and intentional murdering of the endangered sea turtles? If you can't do that, try having your writers to base their headlines and articles more on fact rather than sensational, eyepopping and breathtaking headlines.

The deaths of the turtles was a completely unintentional accident...bottom line.

"The Alliance for Nuclear Accountability is just another...
..left wing, tree-hugging, anti-nuclear opposition group. - Submitted by Guest461 "

This.....

Wonder how many of the hypocrites read by candle light?

can answer that...ZERO.