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Old 09-14-2011, 09:45 PM
 
Location: cape coral fl
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Greetings all,

The economy has improved in my area of Florida just enough to make selling my home a real possibility. The greenville area of SC looks like the perfect place to relocate my young family to. Easley for example is one town on our list to visit, small community safe and easy commute to the Greenville hospitals (my wife and I are both RN's).

I have researched jobs, crime, schools, and am pleased with the results. The only potential downfall I see is the nuclear power plant on Lake Keowee. I dont know how I feel about raising my young family in the vicinity because of it. I am an avid outdoorsman and had planned on frequent trips to the lakes for boating and fishing with my family. We also like a good fish fry but I heard there are contamination problems with the lakes??

I was hoping some locals could give me some insight on living by a nuclear power plant, the validity of any concerns, and the ability to swim/fish in Lake Keowee and Hartwell and other lakes in the area. Thanks for your help in advance!!!

Scott
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Old 09-15-2011, 09:03 PM
 
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You pretty much cannot turn around in SC without being near a nuclear plant. But you had them in Florida as well.

MSNBC.COM: Quake-Vulnerable Nuclear Plant In Upstate - Greenville News Story - WYFF Greenville (http://www.wyff4.com/r/27218675/detail.html - broken link)

Oconee is ranked number 8 for earthquake risk.

I could be wrong but didn't DNR recommend not eating fish from any inland SC waters? Not nuclear stuff just contamination? In terms of the nuclear stuff - it is everywhere and you would have to go way away to get away from it. The upstate does have some fault lines though. How do you think we got all those lovely waterfalls?
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Old 09-16-2011, 06:26 AM
 
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The nuclear plant is the reason Lake Keowee is even there. As for risk, it is far, far riskier for your family's health to live downwind of a coal or diesel powered plant. The particulant matter released by those pose an actual risk to your lungs and heart. Heck, sitting in traffic is more of a health risk than living near a nuclear plant.

As for the fish, there is an advisory for fish from Hartwell due to industrial contamination that settled in the lake bed. I don't know if there's an advisory for Keowee, and Jocassee is one of the cleanest lakes in the Eastern US.
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Old 09-16-2011, 07:07 AM
 
Location: cape coral fl
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Thanks all good advice so far..
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Old 09-16-2011, 10:48 AM
 
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Scott,

I would do some more personal research. The plant on Keowee does have problems. I posted some stuff on an earlier thread if you want to look for it.
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Old 09-16-2011, 11:40 AM
 
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Greetings all,

The economy has improved in my area of Florida just enough to make selling my home a real possibility. The greenville area of SC looks like the perfect place to relocate my young family to. Easley for example is one town on our list to visit, small community safe and easy commute to the Greenville hospitals (my wife and I are both RN's).

I have researched jobs, crime, schools, and am pleased with the results. The only potential downfall I see is the nuclear power plant on Lake Keowee. I dont know how I feel about raising my young family in the vicinity because of it. I am an avid outdoorsman and had planned on frequent trips to the lakes for boating and fishing with my family. We also like a good fish fry but I heard there are contamination problems with the lakes??

I was hoping some locals could give me some insight on living by a nuclear power plant, the validity of any concerns, and the ability to swim/fish in Lake Keowee and Hartwell and other lakes in the area. Thanks for your help in advance!!!

Scott
Jocassee, Keowee and Hartwell are all wonderful lakes.

The nulcear plant on Keowee doesn't play much of a part in decisions for people to locate there, as Keowee has some of the most expensive homes / real estate in the area. The lake is beautiful.....perfect for swimming and boating.

Jocassee, as been stated, is one of the cleanest lakes you'll find....natural mountain water......cold year round (you'll want a wetsuit if you dive).

Hartwell is great for swimming and boating and you can eat most fish from the Tugaloo River portion....the Seneca River portion does have advisories on eating fish, though swimming and boating are fine.
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Old 09-17-2011, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Easley
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I agree with GSUPSTATE. I go swimming in Lake Keowee all the time and I am not green yet. My grandkids go there as well. I have a friend that is a fishing guide on Lake Hartwell and he eats the fish from there and no problems. He does go specific places. Jocassee is beautiful but he is right--the water is chilly!!
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