The environmental coalition officially intervening against the proposed new Fermi 3 atomic reactor in Monroe, Michigan has defended its contention to protest the threatened Eastern Fox Snake, an indigenous constrictor.
The coalition, represented by attorney Terry Lodge of Toledo, has also challenged Detroit Edison, the State of Michigan, and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's attempt to whitewash the true history of the Fermi 1 experimental plutonium breeder reactor's partial meltdown on October 5, 1966. Detroit Edison has moved to demolish the Fermi 1 containment shell despite its listing on the National Register of Historic Places without public participation in the decision making process, a violation of the National Historic Preservation Act. The Fermi 3 construction plan requires the removal of the remaining half-century-old Fermi 1 facilities. The intervenors presented evidence of the true nature of Fermi 1, from the nearly catastrophic consequences of the meltdown, to the fact that originally Fermi 1 was proposed to generate weapons-grade plutonium for use in the U.S. nuclear arsenal.