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||Georgia Gets Rain Sonny Perdue
- The rain late Wednesday and early Thursday brought some precipitation
to the parched hills of northern Georgia. The showers began a day after Gov.
Sonny Perdue led a prayer service on the steps of the state Capitol to beg
the heavens to end the drought.
- "Certainly, we're not gloating about it," Perdue said from a trade
mission in Canada. "We're thankful for the rain and hopefully it's the beginning
of more. ... Frankly, it's great affirmation of what we asked for."
||Thirsting for answers in dry Georgia
- A six-year drought that ended in 1992 prompted conservation measures
and other steps that enabled the metropolitan area to add a half-million
people without substantially increasing water usage.
- The sharply contrasting ways that normally rainy metropolitan Atlanta
and semi-arid San Diego County have dealt with growth and water consumption
are an instructive tale that might offer clues to Georgia legislators as
they try again in January to divvy up the region's precarious water
- Across the metro area, an estimated 18% of water is still lost to
leaks, says Jill Johnson of Georgia Conservation Voters.
||Idling Nuke Plants Due To Drought
- "Water is the nuclear industry's Achilles' heel," said Jim Warren,
executive director of N.C. Waste Awareness and Reduction Network, an
environmental group critical of nuclear power. "You need a lot of water to
operate nuclear plants." He added: "This is becoming a crisis.
- of the nation's 104 nuclear reactors
found that 24 are in areas experiencing the most severe levels of drought.
- During Europe's brutal 2006 heat wave, French, Spanish and German
utilities were forced to shut down some of their nuclear plants and reduce
power at others because of low water levels some for as much as a
- The water was low on the Tennessee River and had become warmer than
usual under the hot sun. By the time it had been pumped through the Browns
Ferry plant, it had become hotter still too hot to release back into
the river, according to the TVA. So the utility shut down a reactor.
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