Why Does Dominion Sample Goat and Cow Milk UPWIND of Millstone? Coalition Asks DEEP to Test Goat and Cow Milk DOWNWIND from Millstone
Re: Goat and Cow Milk Sampling Near Millstone
Dear Commissioner Klee:
I write on behalf of the Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone to request that CT DEEP commence immediately to carry out a program of sampling goat and cow milk from animals grazing downwind from and in the near vicinity of the Millstone nuclear power station. This letter is informed in part by our experience with Katie the Goat, who grazed five miles from Millstone and whose milk was found by then-DEP to be highly contaminated with carcinogenic radioisotopes. (See www.KatieTheGoat.org.)
Presently, Millstone’s owner and operator, Dominion Nuclear Connecticut, Inc. samples cow milk from a location (“22-X”) 10.5 miles WestNorthWest from Millstone and goat milk from a location (“23-X”) 11.9 miles NorthNorthWest of Millstone. Please refer to the “Dominion Nuclear Connecticut, Inc. Millstone Power Station Units 1, 2 and 3 – 2016 Annual Radiological Environmental Operating Report” issued on April 29, 2017.
Neither location is downwind of Millstone with regard to prevailing winds traveling from northwest to southeast.
In the same report, Table A-1 lists “Active Dairy Cows Within 20 Miles of Millstone Point – 2016.” Of the 15 locations listed, eight (8) have a “North” or “Northeast” orientation and are located in Stonington, North Stonington and Preston. The closest of these (Preston) is given as 14.1 miles “NE” of Millstone.
In the same report, Table A-2 lists “Dairy Goats Within 20 Miles of Millstone Point – 2016.” Of the 15 locations listed, five (5) have a “NE” or
“E” orientation and are located in Mystic, Preston, Pawcatuck and Westerly RI. The closest of these (Mystic) is given as 12 miles “ENE” of Millstone. The closest goat location is given as 2.1 miles “N” of Millstone in Waterford.
The report further states at page 4-6 inter alia
“Typically, the most sensitive indicator of fission product existence in the terrestrial environment is the radiological analysis of milk samples. Milk is a widely consumed food, therefore it is usually one of the most critical exposure pathways.”
Connecticut General Statutes Section 22a-135(a)(12) mandates that DEEP “monitor sources of ionizing radiation … within the state.”
Goat or cow milk which contains radionuclides is a “source of ionizing radiation … within the state.”
As a matter of simple science, monitoring milk from cows and goats grazing upwind of Millstone (Locations 22X and 23X) is far less likely to detect levels of ionizing radiation, such as is routinely released by Millstone into the air, than monitoring milk from cows and goats grazing downwind from Millstone.
Given the undoubted criticality of assuring that cow and goat milk deriving from farms downwind of Millstone is free of ionizing radiation, and given that Millstone, the company in the best position to monitor the milk from cows and goats downwind of Millstone but does not do so, it is imperative that DEEP take on this task for the health and safety of its residents, as the statute mandates.
I look forward to your response.