FYI: SC Governor’s Nuclear Advisory Council Meeting 6/13 in Columbia

Of special interest at this meeting will be the discussion of plans for “High Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor” (a small modular reactor – SMR) at the Savannah River Site.

Gressette Building, Room #209
Columbia, SC

June 13, 2013
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Call to Order – Approval of Minutes & Karen Patterson, Chair (10 minutes) Update of GNAC activities

NRC Update on Fukushima Tier 1 Report John Pelchat, Sr. Regional Government Liaison Officer Nuclear Regulatory Commission (30 minutes)

Emergency Common Operating Picture (EMCOP) Phil Armijo, Director of Programs Earth Technology Integration (30 minutes)

Next Generation Nuclear Power Alliance (NGNP) John Mahoney, Secretary/Treasurer

High Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor at SRS NGNP Alliance (30 minutes)

SCDHEC Shelly Wilson, DHEC
(20 minutes)

Break (10 minutes)

DOE FY13 & FY 14 Budget Update & Doug Hintze

Liquid Waste Operations Impacts (45 minutes)

Public Comments

Closing Remarks Karen Patterson, Chair (5 minutes)

Link to agenda:

Savannah River Site Mox Facility

Savannah River Site Mox Facility



UPDATE: The elections to the State Convention of June 22, 2013 are as follows.
  • Sue Edward, Charleston 2013 – 2015 (re-elected)
  • Scott West, Columbia, 2013 – 2015 (re-elected)
Steering Committee Members
Newly Elected (2013 – 2015)
  • David Crossley (one year term 2013 – 2014, filling unexpired term)
  • David Whiteman (re-elected)
  • Rolf Baghdadi (re-elected)
  • Bill Kreml
  • Thom Taylor
Continuing members of the steering committee
  • David Gillespie
  • Eugene Platt
  • Sue Edwards
  • Scott West
Please join us for the annual state convention of the South Carolina Green Party in Columbia on Saturday, June 22nd.  Details will be announced soon.  Everyone is encouraged to attend!

South Carolina Green Party

Nominations are now open for election to the Steering Committee.  Nominations and confirmations (see below) must be received no later than June 8th (two weeks before the State Convention).  The terms of two Steering Committee members are expiring (Rolf Baghdady and David Whiteman), and three other positions are open, so up to five members will be elected (four two-year terms and one one-year term).
Nominations may be emailed (to or mailed (to SCGP, P.O. Box 5341, Columbia, SC 29250).
In order to be eligible to be on the ballot, anyone nominated must certify by June 8th that they (a) are interested in being on the ballot, (b) are a member of the Party, and (c) do not occupy a leadership position in any other political party.  All nominees should also submit a brief personal statement for inclusion in the State Convention agenda packet.  After nominations are closed, the Steering Committee will provide a final list of nominees.
According the SCGP bylaws, in order to vote at the state convention, you have to have been a member of the party for at least 30 days, so make sure your membership is current by May 23rd.
According to state law, in order to be eligible for membership in the Party, you have to be (a) at least eighteen years of age, (b) a registered voter, and (c) a citizen of South Carolina and the United States.  In order be a SCGP member, you must also (a) have a statement on file indicating support for the Ten Key Values and (b) have either paid dues in the past year or been an active member of a party organization in the state.  Annual membership contributions ($25 suggested) can be sent to the SCGP, P.O. Box 5341, Columbia, SC, 29250.

The Hidden Candidate

South Carolina Voters Chose Between Inexperience and Disgrace

Is There Another Way?

By Gregg Jocoy
South Carolina Green Party
Radio Host, Small Business Owner

Yahoo News asked South Carolina voters to share whom they’re supporting in Tuesday’s U.S. House election — Mark Sanford or Elizabeth Colbert Busch, or if they’re abstaining. Here’s one voter’s perspective.

FIRST PERSON | Whenever I try to say Mark Sanford on our radio show, I wind up saying “Fred Sanford” instead. My co-host, Daisy Deadhead responds “I’m coming to meet you Elizabeth!” and it cracks me up like nobody’s business.

There are two reasons. The Democrat he’s running against is named Elizabeth-Colbert Busch. The other is that, like Fred Sanford’s “heart attacks”, Mark Sanford’s tears over his affair seemed fake to me.

I also have serious reservations about Colbert Busch.

As Donna Dewitt, past president of the SC AFL-CIO and Colbert-Busch supporter, wrote on her Facebook wall, “Terribly disappointing that a smart woman is “proud to live in a right to work state.”

Voters in the 1st District have another choice. The only veteran in the race, the only candidate on Social Security and Medicare, the candidate with the longest time in public service, is a candidate you may have never heard about. He’s served on the James Island Public Service District Commission for close to 30 years, re-elected every four years, even serving as chair.

He wants to stop an expensive, environmentally damaging Interstate Highway through the district. He wants to end the wars. He wants to end corporate bail outs, and improve the nation’s economy by redirecting money to programs which produce jobs and peace.

I think I hear a few of you saying “OK. I’m sold. What’s his name?”

Eugene Platt is his name. The 74-year-old is the nominee of South Carolina’s Green Party.

Now that voting is underway you may ask yourself how you can learn more. One way would be to tune in to our radio show on Wednesday when we will interview Platt live. Hear what he has to say. Visit at 5 p.m.

Gregg Jocoy lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina.


South Carolina Green Party thanks Eugene Platt

South Carolina Green Party

The Steering Committee of the South Carolina Green Party thanks Eugene Platt for his good work and strong effort in running as the Green nominee in the 1st Congressional District special election.

The media and a large part of the public have been distracted by the celebrity and notoriety of the two major party candidates.  Eugene Platt stood as a public servant, a native Charlestonian, and a responsible, thoughtful progressive.

Eugene discussed national health care, a non-interventionist foreign policy, the sanctity of labor rights, and the importance of spending on social services rather than expensive and wasteful military programs.  If it was not for Eugene’s contributions, this campaign would have been entirely content-free and personality driven.

The public is better served by a diversity of voices and viewpoints representing all parts of the political spectrum.   The Charleston Patch did a disservice to the people of South Carolina, when they reduce political debate to an empty, content-free show.   The Working Families Party misled thousands of pro-union voters into supporting an anti-union candidate. This blind commitment to horserace politics does not serve the public interest.

We commend the League of Women Voters and the NAACP for holding nonpartisan, inclusive events that encouraged discussion and promoted democracy.

Eugene Platt was able to give progressives a reason to vote, to organize and to join the Green Party.  After Colbert-Busch’s outrageous statement that she was “proud” of South Carolina’s deplorable anti-union reputation, we were proud to offer a humane alternative in Eugene that workers and progressives could endorse.  The campaign has been a success in these terms.

Campaign Links

Eugene Platt for Congress:

Eugene Platt for Congress on Facebook:

Green Party

Green Party of the United States:

South Carolina Green Party:

South Carolina Green Party on Facebook:

Eugene Platt, Jill Stein, South Carolina Special Election

Eugene Platt Campaign Tweets Responses To SC1 Debate Questions, Deplores Exclusion

Eugene Platt worked around his exclusion from the only debate to be held in the SC1 special election by live-tweeting responses.   Using the SC Green Party’s Twitter feed, he communicated brief and direct answers to the media.

On health care:

On deepening Charleston Harbor:

On immigration:


On abortion and reproductive rights:

On marriage equality:

On election finance reform:

On higher education:

and K-12:

On fixing the budget:

It’s ironic that in defending Patch’s decision to exclude Platt, debate organizer Shawn Drury quoted an article from an organization founded by Ralph Nader.
The article attacks the biased and corporate-controlled Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). But Drury misunderstood the article to justify his own biased decision.

Article: Two-party debates A Corporate-Funded, Party-Created Commission Decides Who Debates — and Who Stays Home

After the 1992 performance of Ross Perot, the CPD was set up by the Republican and Democratic Parties with a board of directors made up primarily of committed partisans from each, specifically to take total control of the debates, choosing the locations, rules, moderators, and participating candidates.

The two major parties would rather not compete with ideas, but with partisan branding. Every year, public dissatisfaction with our politics grows worse. Every year, the guardians of political debate narrow the discussion even more.

Numerous comments have been made by concerned voters on articles relating to Platt’s exclusion, in effect calling for fairness and inclusion and calling the debate a farce, full of predictable stock responses and gotcha moments.

What else would have been discussed in the debate? With Eugene Platt in the debate we would have heard about the wasteful and dangerous federal subsidies of the MOX reactor in the Savannah River Site. We would have heard Platt advocate a non-interventionist foreign policy. We would have heard a genuine sustainable environmental point of view.

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