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Tribute to Katie the Goat
August 12, 2013

We devote today to sharing memories of our beloved Katie the Goat and celebrating her life as we set goals to perpetuate her legacy. It was a year ago today that we lost Katie, yet her spirit abides powerfully.
Katie was iconic and cosmic. The day we lost Katie, Millstone Unit 2 shut down because the Long Island Sound seawater was too hot to cool the reactor. Today Millstone Unit 3 is shut down, again because of a cooling water failure. Today, Dominion declared it was taking the station stack radiation monitor out of duty for routine maintenance for routine maintenance, while keeping Unit running. That’s like the pilot of a 747 jet filled with passengers turning off its safety systems mid-flight for routine maintenance.
Before too long, the entire Millstone Nuclear Power Station will be shut down forever and mothballed. It will stop releasing effluent that poisons the air and water and contaminates mothers’ milk.
In Katie’s honor, we will persuade the NRC to acknowledge Katie’s contribution.
We will work to establish a federal standard for radiation in milk. The acceptable level for strontium-89 and strontium-90 will be zero.
We will work to broaden a citizen’s network of radiation monitoring.
We will work to provide communities with direct access to real-time radiation monitoring data at nuclear power plants.
We will work to educate community and political leaders about the health risks of nuclear power.
We will work with mothers and others to end nuclear madness.
Katie’s children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren will continue to donate their milk for radiation monitoring and public awakening.
Katie the Goat will live on i
n our hearts and minds and commitments to action.
Long live Katie the Goat.


Three Months On (June 11): The Fukushima Cover-Up Continues

Thousands of Japanese people protested over the June 11 weekend against nuclear power and the Japanese Government's withholding of vital information on widespread high levels of radiation. It took the Japanese Government three months to admit that the Fukushima Unit 1, 2 and 3 reactors all melted down, although the Government knew a meltdown at Unit 1 was underway the very day of the March 11 earthquake when a vital pipe proving coolant was disabled. Fears are growing about the status of Fukushima Unit 4's spent fuel pool, which contains the highest radioactivity content with all the unit's old and freshly spent fuel.
The Japanese people and global consumers of Japanese tea are not being told the truth about high radioactuve cesium content. When ingested, radioactive cesium interferes with muscle, including heart, function. "Chernobyl heart" became a widespread tragic condition in Ukraine and Belarus after Chernobyl exploded in 1986.
Retailer told to stay mum about radiation level in tea
SHIZUOKA (Kyodo) -- Shizuoka Prefecture told a Tokyo-based mail order retailer to refrain from carrying information on its website that radioactive materials in excess of the standard limit were detected in tea grown in the prefecture, the retailer said Friday.
A prefectural official told Radishbo-ya Co., after the retailer made a query to the local government Monday, not to disclose the finding for a while on fears that the message could cause unwarranted harm to Shizuoka tea growers, adding that the prefecture would confirm it on its own, the firm said.
The firm, for its part, sent purchasers of the tea letters informing them about the finding, while offering to recall the products.
Shizuoka is famous for its tea production.
A prefectural off icial said, "The official (who talked with Radishbo-ya) apparently feared that any warning issued through its website could fan public anxiety."
The local authority publicly said Thursday it found radioactive cesium surpassing the legal limit in tea leaves processed at a plant for shipments to the retailer.
(Mainichi Japan) June 10, 2011


Millstone Unit 2 Power Spike: Did We Almost Lose Connecticut?
Dominion Demonstrates It Is Unqualified to Operate a Nuclear Power Plant



On February 12, just a month before the triple Fukushima nuclear meltdowns began, a little-noted emergency event transpired at Millstone Unit 2, the 36-year-old nuclear reactor that the state Department of Public Utility Control pronounced “no longer used and useful” back in 1998 because of its dismal operational record.

“Incorrect operation of the turbine controls caused an unplanned power increase from 88 per cent to 96 per cent,” NRC inspectors wrote. In layman’s terms, it was a sudden unexpected power spike, the result of multiple actions taken in violation of licensing safety standards. It took Dominion a full day to realize the degree of the spike and its safety significance.

This event and Dominion’s performance during and after it reveal Dominion to be an arrogant, reckless and dangerous operator of perilous nuclear technology.

Had the event continued out of control, the spike might have resulted in power exceeding license limits with consequent damage to the highly radioactive fuel within the Unit 2 reactor vessel. It was a hellish three-minute event with potential to take out the state of Connecticut and beyond.

The power spike attracted the notice of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which sent a special inspection team to take a look at Millstone Unit 2 on February 22. The special inspection lasted until April 14 – 3 weeks. The NRC team found a climate of “pervasive performance lapses by Unit 2 control room operators” throughout the post-spike period. Dominion demonstrated to the NRC that it cannot be trusted to operate Unit 2 safely. (See “Shut It Down, below.)

According to the scathing NRC special inspection report issued on May 27 (Millstone_SIT_Report_May_27,_2011_001.pdf ), Dominion’s control room operators repeatedly violated Millstone’s licensing procedures. Dominion responded to the NRC’s inspectors by removing the entire Unit 2 control room crew involved in the event - 8 operators, supervisors and engineers in all - pending further review.

The Unit 2 operators defeated safety systems and repeatedly failed to follow designated procedures.

“Operators defeating safety systems at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl in l986 played key roles in those nuclear disasters,” observed David Lochbaum, nuclear safety engineer with the Union of Concerned Scientists, in a critique he prepared for the Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone based on the information provided by the NRC inspection report.

The unanticipated power spike occurred during a periodic test of the valves that control steam admission to the main turbine at Unit 2.

For the test, power output was dropped to 88 per cent, and a special training session was conducted for the benefit of the plant personnel who would participate in the test.

Two days before the testing, the operators attended the session at the control room simulator specifically to review the testing procedure so they would be familiar with the steps.

Then the day before the testing, the operators conducted an additional pre-job briefing where they talked through the testing steps to ensure what would happen and who was responsible for what step.

Despite the training session and the pre-job briefing, ”they messed it up,” wrote Lochbaum.

“It was like someone tossed a stupid grenade into the control room,” Lochbaum concluded in his analysis.

The procedure called for the operator to take steps to close the three other valves when one valve was opened and to open the other three valves when one valve was closed.

As Lochbaum wrote:

“Except the operator got it wrong. When the first turbine valve was opened, the operator did the exact wrong thing by mistake and opened the other three valves. The operator repeated the mistake two more times.

“Those three mistakes by the first two operators were contagious. Soon, every other operator in the control room was making mistakes too. Two operators were in the control room for the sole purpose of making sure the operator did the right thing when a turbine valve was moved. They watched the operator make three straight mistakes without noticing it.

“There was a control system in place that would have triggered an automatic shut down of the reactor when the reactor power level rose to 96 per cent. It did, but another operator defeated this safety system by depressing a pushbutton that increased the setpoint above 96 per cent. The operator did not know how the safety system was supposed to work and thought it was doing something else. Having neither a procedure nor a clue, the operator defeated the automatic safety system’s function. Operators defeating safety systems at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl in l986 played key roles in those nuclear disasters.

“The ranking member of the operations crew saw the reactor temperature dropping and instructed an operator to withdraw control rods to increase power level – something the procedures explicitly warned not to do. ‘Damn the procedures, full speed ahead.’

“When the dust settled, the operators gathered to compare notes. They thought the reactor power level had increased 4 per cent. They were right about that, but it also increased another 4 per cent for a total of 8 per cent. They hadn’t fully understood the magnitude of their collective mistakes because they made yet another mistake by using the wrong instrumentation to monitor power level.”

All told, Lochbaum concluded, “it was exceedingly poor performance by this operating crew.”

The NRC report stated that Dominion’s performance deficiency “affected the cornerstone objective of limiting the likelihood of those events that upset plant stability and challenge critical safety functions during power operations.”

“Additionally,” the NRC report states ominously, “the performance deficiency could be viewed as a precursor to a significant event.”

The NRC inspection report found that “the Millstone Unit 2 operations crew failed to implement written procedures that delineated appropriate authorities and responsibilities for safe operation and shutdown and a procedure for controlling reactor reactivity. In addition, the licensee failed to establish written procedures for the Reactor Protection System Variable High-Power Trip and for power operation and transients involving multiple reactivity additions.”

The NRC report describes the actions taken by a senior reactor operator (“SRO”) assigned to supervise all reactivity changes:

“During the turbine transient, reactor power increased toward the VHT (Variable High Power Trip) setpoints. The Reactivity SRO observed the illumination of the VHT setpoint reset permissive lights . . . and incorrectly assumed they were illuminating due to minor power fluctuations associated with the fission product poison build-in and on-going Reactor Coolant System dilution. Consequently, he increased the margin to the trip setpoint by resetting the VHT setpoints upward four times during the power rise. If the SRO had not reset the VHT, the Reactor Protection System would have automatically initiated a high power reactor trip due to the magnitude of the reactor power increase from 88 to 96 per cent. In addition to preventing the automatic trip, the Reactivity SRO did not understand or question why reactor power was increasing, and did not inform anyone on the crew of his actions to reset the VHT setpoints.”

“Dominion licensed personnel did not make the appropriate safety significant decisions, especially when faced with uncertain or unexpected plant conditions to ensure safety was maintained.”

The NRC inspectors’ findings included the following:

“During this event, all control room operators on the crew failed to either recognize or respond properly to the unintended power transient. None of the operators initially identified the breakdowns in command and control or the deviations from defined roles and responsibilities as worthy of note in the immediate post-event brief or in discussions regarding whether it was appropriate to continue with the turbine testing (other than to identify that the event was initiated by the turbine operator’s action to press the increase, rather than the decrease, pushbutton. [Underlining in original]

“Dominion was initially slow to recognize the scope and the significance of the event. Despite involvement of multiple layers of licenses management personnel during and immediately following the event, numerous performance problems during the event were not fully recognized until the next day after the event. The inadvertent power rise was initially assessed as 4%, vice [sic] the actual 8% because the operators used neutron flux instead of Q-power as the indicator of power increase. Actions taken to withdraw reactor control rods, reset VHT setpoints, and open the turbine bypass valve were not identified as inappropriate until a reactor engineering review of plant computer data many hours after the event. . . .

“Following the event, licensee operations management issued a Standing Order to address when acceptable to reset the VHT setpoints. However, Dominion delayed making any related changes to permanent plant procedures.

“Dominion provided training on recent significant industry reactivity control events. This training was conducted in the training cycle immediately preceding the February 2011 power transient event and was administered to all Millstone station supervisors, including the supervision of Operations Crew D. The human performance errors exhibited during the event indicate this training was not effective.”



SHUT THEM DOWN!

The multiple human errors reflecting poor training that led to dangerous unplanned power spike are not isolated phenomena at Millstone Unit 2, according to the NRC inspection report.

The “latent issues” underlying what it calls the “performance deficiency” are procedural and training performance weaknesses that have existed “for many years. . . . The causal factors for the event had existed for a considerable period of time.”

In its inspection, the NRC found a “pervasiveness of the performance lapses of the Unit 2 control room operators” common among other Unit 2 operating crews.
Ineffective training and procedure inadequacies “were also factors that degraded all the crews’ ability to operate the plant.”

“Improper procedure use and improper peer checking were readily identified behaviors on multiple Unit 2 crews,” the inspectors found. “Ineffective just-in-time training and procedure inadequacies were also factors that degraded all the crews’ ability to operate the plant.”

THE BIG QUESTION LOOMS: Why is the NRC allowing Dominion to continue operating Millstone Unit 2 in the light of these shocking findings?

And shouldn’t NRC’s documented awareness of Dominion’s performance deficiencies at Millstone Unit 2 compel the NRC return to Millstone to perform a top-to-bottom inspection of Unit 3?


 


A U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspection carried out from April 1 through April 28, 2011 to assess the capability of the Millstone Nuclear Power Station to withstand fires, flooding and seismic events reveals dozens of vulnerabilities.

The NRC’s objective was “to promptly assess the capabilities of Millstone [Nuclear] Power Station to respond to extraordinary consequences similar to those that have recently occurred at the Japanese Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Station.”

Many deficiencies in coping with a seismic event were identified, such as:

Unit 2 seismic monitoring system becoming obsolete;
Access pathways to the spent fuel pool island (reactor not identified) “could not be verified to withstand seismic loading”;
Firefighting equipment was not stowed in seismically-qualified locations;
The vast majority of the fire protection system, including both installed fire pumps, were not designed to be seismically qualified;
The majority of room flood mitigation sump pumps and flooding detectors were not designed as seismically qualified.

Among the highlights of the NRC inspection report released on May 13:

n The Millstone Unit 1 spent fuel pool crane is in the wrong position;
n The Unit 1 fire main isolation valve would need to be operated to pressurize the fire main to mitigate a fire in Unit 1, but the valve would be underwater and inaccessible following a severe flood;
n Operators responsible to implement actions in the event of severe emergency or terrorist acts lack current qualification requirements;
n The list of vendors capable of supplying portable pumps and generators was not current.

In response to the announced inspection, Dominion committed to 53 Condition Reports – formal actions to address perceived safety issues, including the following:
n Corrections concerning fission product releases, flood containment, containment water level and volume
n Enhancement to improve security and Severe Accident Management Guidelines.

The NRC assessed Millstone’s capability to deal with station blackout conditions – losing offsite power – by relying on backup diesel generators and batteries.

The report cites an “insufficient level of detail” in Millstone Unit 2 procedures for dealing with a station blackout and the need for multiple enhancements of procedures during such conditions.

Numerous deficiencies and degraded conditions were noted in Millstone’s capabilities to withstand flooding conditions, including:
Emergency addition of fuel oil to Unit 2 emergency diesel generator compromised;
No steps to fill emergency diesel generator supply tanks if the emergency diesel generator fuel oil storage tank is not available;
Insufficient number of qualified electricians to protect a critical pump;
Gap in a switchgear room door when closed;
Storage of Unit 1 temporary diesel;
Safety line not staged;
Fire pump house floor drain plug cannot be installed due to welded drain screen


Fukushima parents dish the dirt in protest over radiation levels
Furious Fukushima parents dump school playground earth that may have radiation levels well above the old safety level.  Parents in Fukushima are angry over rule changes which mean that school children can be exposed to 20 times more radiation than was previously permissible.
Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters. Jonathan Watts in Tokyo The Guardian, Mon 2 May 2011 16.43 BST

Furious parents in Fukushima have delivered a bag of radioactive playground earth to education officials in protest at moves to weaken nuclear safety standards in schools.
Children can now be exposed to 20 times more radiation than was previously permissible. The new regulations have prompted outcry. A senior adviser resigned and the prime minister, Naoto Kan, was criticised by politicians from his own party.
Ministers have defended the increase in the acceptable safety level from 1 to 20 millisieverts per year as a necessary measure to guarantee the education of hundreds of thousands of children in Fukushima prefecture, location of the nuclear plant that suffered a partial meltdown and several explosions after the earthquake and tsunami on 11 March.
It is estimated that 75% of Fukushima’s schools may have radiation levels above the old safety level of 1 millisievert. The local authorities in Koriyama have tried to ease the problem by digging up the top layer of soil in school and day centre playgrounds, but residents near the proposed dump site have objected.
The new standard of 20 millisieverts a year – equivalent to the annual maximum dose for German nuclear workers – will mean those schools remain open, but parents and nuclear opponents are angry that safety concerns are being ignored.
A group claiming to represent 250 parents in Fukushima visited the upper house of parliament and presented government officials with a bag of radioactive dirt from the playground of one of the affected schools. A geiger counter clicked over it with a reading of 38 millisieverts.
“How dare they tell us it is safe for our children,” said Sachiko Satou of the Protect Fukushima Children from Radiation Association. “This is disgusting. They can’t play outside with such risks. If the government won’t remove the radioactive dirt then we’ll do it ourselves and dump it outside the headquarters of Tokyo Electric.”
Greenpeace, Friends of the Ea rth and other environment and anti-nuclear groups submitted a petition against the regulations. They accused the Nuclear Safety Commission of meekly accepting the new safety limit after just two hours of closed-door discussions with government officials.
However, representatives of the commission denied agreeing that 20 millisieverts was safe. Education ministry officials fudged demands for an explanation. “I think 20 millisieverts is safe but I don’t think it’s good,” said Itaru Watanabe of the education ministry, drawing howls of derision from the audience of participants. He promised the government would carefully monitor the situation and do all it could to get radioactivity down to 1 millisievert.
The health impacts are disputed. Physicians for Social Responsibility – a US-based Nobel prize winning organisation that opposes nuclear power – said children were more vulnerable than adults. It said the new acceptable limit exposed children to a one in 200 risk of getting cancer, compared with a one in 500 risk for adults.
“It is unconscionable to increase the allowable dose for children to 20 millisieverts,” the group said in a statement. “There is no way this level of exposure can be considered safe.”
This is not the first time the government has shifted safety baselines since the start of the crisis. Permissible levels of radiation exposure for nuclear workers were amended soon af ter the disaster struck to allow emergency operations at the stricken Fukushima reactor. Several weeks later the cabinet allowed the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric, to violate regulations by dumping 11,500 tonnes of contaminated water into the Pacific. The radioactivity of the discharge was 100 times higher than the acceptable limit. The government says it has to take unprecedented measures to deal with an unprecedented disaster.
Kan has lost one of his chief scientific advisers over the latest decision. Toshiso Kosako – a Tokyo University professor who was called in to help deal with the crisis – walked out on Friday and has since accused the government of ad hoc policy making and contravening internationally accepted norms for the sake of political expediency.
Kan has also come under fire from lawmakers in his ruling Democratic party.
Mori Yuko, an upper house member, said she was disgusted by the decision to loosen the safety limit. “Would politicians and bureaucrats allow their own children to go to a contaminated school,” she said. “This makes me furious.”
She called for more rigorous and widespread health monitoring of children and criticised an earlier government policy to withhold data about radiation levels and wind direction. After a public outcry these figures are now published daily in newspapers, but the allegations of cover-ups and shifting safety baselines are taking a heavy political toll.
A mere 1.3% of respondents in a weekend poll by the Kyodo news agency thought Kan was exercising sufficient leadership. But many people also criticise the main opposition Liberal Democratic party for lax nuclear regulation while it was in power.

Radioactive iodine found in breast milk of Japanese mothers
The breast milk of four Japanese mothers has been found to contain small quantities of radioactive iodine.

By Danielle Demetriou in Tokyo 11:00AM BST 21 Apr 2011
The government faced calls for a full investigation into the impact of the nuclear disaster on mothers and babies following the discovery.
The radiation contamination came to light after tests were conducted on breast milk samples taken from nine women living northeast or east of Tokyo.
Four of these women were found to be contaminated, with the highest reading of 36.3 becquerels of radioactive iodine per kg detected in the milk of the mother of an eight-month-old baby in Kashiwa, Chiba prefecture.
There are no current legal safety levels for radioactive substances in breast milk as set by the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan.
However, the breast milk readings were below the safety limit of 100 becquerels per kg of tap water consumption by infants under one year of age and no radioactive cesium was found.
The findings of the study, conducted by a citizen's group in Japan, has sparked concerns surrounding the impact of the nuclear crisis on mothers and babies.
''We cannot yet determine safety, but infants drink breast milk,'' Kikuko Murakami, who heads the group, told Kyodo News. ''We want the government to conduct an extensive investigation swiftly.'' Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is believed to have been emitting radioactive substances since it was severely damaged in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Workers at the stricken power plant were continuing to work around the clock in increasingly challenging conditions in order to bring crucial cooling functions under control.
A Japanese newspaper meanwhile has alleged close links between Tepco, which runs the plant, and the opposition Liberal Democratic Party. Recently retired senior officials are alleged to have donated more than £140,000 to the party over the last three years.
Masataka Shimizu, the Tepco president , has said the company had not made any political donations since 1974.
Tepco denied any systematic involvement in the donations.


 

March 16, 2011:
Millstone and Indian Point Among Worst in Safety Rankings

The Daily Beast (www.TheDailyBeast.com) Ranks Indian Point and Millstone Among the Most Unsafe Nuclear Power Plants in U.S.
Considering 3 common factors - risk of natural disasters, safety performance assessments and the size of the surrounding populations - Indian Point (located on the Hudson River less than 20 miles from Greenwich, Connecticut) ranks #1 and Millstone ranks #37, both in the bottom third in terms of relative safety. Dominion's Surry Nuclear Power Plant in Surry, Virginia, is ranked #23 and Dominion's North Anna Nuclear Power Plant in Louisa, Virginia, is ranked #26.
Read the full tally here:
http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-03-16/nuclear-power-plants-ranking-americas-most-vulnerable/4/

#1, Indian Point
Location: Buchanan, NY (24 miles north of New York City)
Reactors: 2
Electrical Output (megawatts): Unit 2: 1020; Unit 3: 1025
Year Operating License Issued: Unit 2: 1973; Unit 3: 1975
Population within 50 Miles: 17,452,585
Relative Safety Rating: bottom third
Risk of Natural Disasters:
Likelihood of Earthquake (scale 0-6): 2
Expected Number of Hurricanes in Next Century: 20 - 40
Miles to Potentially Active Volcano: not a factor
Significant Tornadoes (1921-1995): 0 to 5
37, Millstone
Location: Waterford, CT (3.2 miles west-southwest of New London, CT)
Reactors: 2
Electrical Output (megawatts): Unit 2: 884; Unit 3: 1227
Year Operating License Issued: Unit 2: 1975; Unit 3: 1986
Population within 50 Miles: 2,967,673
Relative Safety Rating: bottom third
Risk of Natural Disasters:
Likelihood of Earthquake (scale 0-6): 1
Expected Number of Hurricanes in Next Century: 20 - 40
Miles to Potentially Active Volcano: not a factor
Significant Tornadoes (1921-1995): 0 to 5

#23, Surry
Location: Surry, VA (17 miles northwest of Newport News, VA)
Reactors: 2
Electrical Output (megawatts): Unit 1: 799; Unit 2: 799
Year Operating License Issued: Unit 1: 1972; Unit 2: 1973
Population within 50 Miles: 2,354,094
Relative Safety Rating: bottom third
Risk of Natural Disasters:
Likelihood of Earthquake (scale 0-6): 1
Expected Number of Hurricanes in Next Century: 40 -60
Miles to Potentially Active Volcano: not a factor
Significant Tornadoes (1921-1995): 5 to 10

#26, North Anna
Location: Louisa, VA (40 miles northwest of Richmond, VA)
Reactors: 2
Electrical Output (megawatts): Unit 1: 980.5; Unit 2: 972.9
Year Operating License Issued: Unit 1: 1978; Unit 2: 1980
Population within 50 Miles: 1,795,918
Relative Safety Rating: bottom third
Risk of Natural Disasters:
Likelihood of Earthquake (scale 0-6): 2
Expected Number of Hurricanes in Next Century: 20 - 40
Miles to Potentially Active Volcano: not a factor
Significant Tornadoes (1921-1995): 5 to 10


Millstone Unit 1 Spent Fuel Pool: Empty It!

Millstone Unit 1 began operation in 1970 as a General Electric-designed Mark 1 boiling water reactor – the same or similar design to the six reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi disaster site in Japan.
During its short life – it was permanently shut down in 1998 – Millstone 1 set a record in the U.S. nuclear industry for airborne releases of radioactivity from defective fuel rods. Millstone 1 also set the record for liquid releases of radioactive elements to the Long Island Sound.
At least 28 of the uranium-fuel rods were discovered to have holes in their metal cladding which allowed deadly radioactive elements to escape into the surrounding environment.
As a consequences, the community surrounding Millstone suffered significant exposure to radiation.
In 2001, three years after Millstone 1 stopped producing electricity, the Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone first exposed the astounding fact that its owner had lost track of two high radioactive spent fuel rods which had been deposited inside the Millstone 1 spent fuel pool.
A decade later, the missing rods (half an inch in diameter and 158 feet long) have never been accounted for.
Despite this staggering breach of its license, the NRC permitted Millstone operations to continue.
It is likely that Millstone 1’s spent nuclear fuel is still releasing radiation into the air and water as the radioactive rods repose in an elevated pool, unprotected by a containment structure, reliant on the same kinds of pumps and valves and back-ups that failed at Fukushima.
Since September 11, 2001, Millstone 1’s spent fuel pool has been identified as a terrorist’s target of choice because of the difficulty of keeping the rods covered in the event of a leak in the spent fuel pool which could be caused by an aircraft collision or equipment failure or act of nature or a combination of factors.
The Millstone 1 spent fuel pool must be emptied and its tons of spent nuclear rods secured in a bermed site, encased in containers of demonstrated strength and durability, without delay.
March 23, 2011

Fukushima: There is no "safe" dose of radiation.

From Nukewatch of Wisconsin:
Every U.S. agency that regulates radiation exposure agrees that there is no safe dose no matter how small. There are only "allowable" doses or "legally permitted doses." Today radiobiologists all agree that “one can no longer speak of a ‘safe’ dose level.” (Ian Fairlie & Marvin Resnikoff, “No dose too low,” The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Nov/Dec 1997, p. 54)
Following are the official U.S. government assessments:
National Council on Radiation Protection
“… every increment of radiation exposure produces an incremental increase in the risk of cancer.” (National Council on Radiation Protection, “Evaluation of the Linear-Non-threshold Dose-Response Model for Ionizing Radiation,” NCRP report 136, Bethesda, MD, June 4, 2001, cited in Science for Democratic Action, IEER, June 2005)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
“Current evidence suggests that any exposure to radiation poses some risk, i.e. there is no level below which we can say an exposure poses no risk.” (U.S. EPA, “Radiation: Risks & Realities,” Air & Radiation, 6602J, EPA 402-K-92-004, Aug. 1993)

U.S. Department of Energy
“[T]he effects of low levels of radiation are more difficult to determine because the major effect is a very slight increase in cancer risk. However, U.S. Government regulations assume that the effects of all radiation exposures are cumulative and should be limited as much as reasonably possible.” (DOE/NE-0074, “Understanding Radiation,” p. 8 & 9. <http://www.ne.doe.gov/pdfFiles/UNDERRAD.PDF>)

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
“[T]he radiation protection community conservatively assumes that any amount of radiation may pose some risk for causing cancer and hereditary effect, and that the risk is higher for higher radiation exposures. A linear no-threshold dose-response relationship is used to describe the relationship between radiation dose and the occurrence of cancer. … any increase in dose, no matter how small, results in an incremental increase in risk.” (U.S. NRC, “How Does Radiation Affect the Public?” www.nrc.gov/what-we-do/radiation/affect.html)

National Academy of Sciences
The National Academy of Science’s ... committee further judges it unlikely that a threshold exists for the induction of cancers...” ( National Academy of Sciences, “Health Risks from Exposure to Low Levels of Ionizing Radiation: BEIR VII, Phase 2,” Committee to Assess Health Risks from Exposure to Low Levels of Ionizing Radiation, National Research Council, June 29, 2005)

The Unthinkable Is Happening

The nuclear crisis in Japan, now in its fourth day, is worsening, with two nuclear power plants in severe crisis and a third having lost cooling capacity.
Ominously, Fukushima nuclear reactor #3 was loaded with plutonium-based MOX (mixed oxide) nuclear fuel when at explosion occurred today. A meltdown of these MOX-filled fuel rods has been presumed by Japanese authorities and plant operators are now venting steam contaminated with plutonium and other radionuclides to the environment.
Plutonium is the most dangerous substance on earth. Exposure to minute quantities is lethal.
Radioactive gases are being routinely released from the disabled Japanese reactors.
Time will carry these poisons to American shores and inland and across the globe.
Our beautiful earth is being irreparably poisoned by the nuclear menace.
The time to stock up on potassium iodide is now.
Children and developing babies are at heightened risk around the world.

 

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Beyond Nuclear denounces President Obama’s decision to transfer financial and safety risks of new reactors to U.S. taxpayers


From Ralph Nader - Ecology Party of Florida 2008 Presidential candidate:

"A generation of Americans has grown up without a single nuclear power plant being brought on line since before the near meltdown of the Three Mile Island structure in 1979. They have not been exposed to the enormous costs, risks and national security dangers associated with their operations and the large amount of radioactive wastes still without a safe, permanent storage place for tens of thousands of years."     Read More >>>



Millstone 3 Update
January 4, 2010: Millstone Emergency Shutdown Enters Third Week


January 1, 2010: Millstone 3: Still Shut Down After 13 Days?
Happy New Year Connecticut from Dominion
The Nuclear Experiment Continues


The Millstone 3 nuclear reactor entered an emergency shutdown on December 19, 2009 and remains shut down on the first day of the new decade, according to the most recent information posted on the NRC website.
The NRC reported Millstone Unit 3 suffered an automatic reactor trip “due to an electrical fault on the main generator output circuit breaker.”
Opening of the atmospheric steam relief valves and the main condenser steam dump valves enabled unusual releases of radiological materials to escape to the air and surrounding residential community.
According to the NRC, the electrical fault caused the loss of one of two offsite power sources, requiring Dominion to put Millstone Unit 3 in cold shutdown.
On April 17, 2005, Millstone Unit 3 suffering an emergency shutdown because of “tin whiskers” growing on the circuit boards. The photo accompanying this posting captures steam - and invisible radiation - escaping from Unit 3 as it did for hours that day. The NRC permitted Dominion to restart Millstone Unit 3 without replacing defective board circuitry with identifiable tin whiskers.
As of December 21, 2009, the NRC reported that Dominion was still evaluating the cause of the recent electrical fault.
“Dominion continues to perform repairs on a Millstone 3 main generator output circuit-breaker that experienced the fault on December 19th,” NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan wrote in a December 31, 2009 email to the Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone.
“This is a very large circuit-breaker and as such takes time to repair and test.”


December 28, 2009:
Millstone 3 Emergency Shut-Down Enters 10th day


AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP CAUSED BY A TURBINE/GENERATOR ELECTRICAL FAULT 12/19/2009


Joe Lieberman: The Senate's Most Notorious and Committed Socialist


"Independent" Senator Joe Lieberman is holding out against a public option in the health care reform bill. He says he must reject it because of its overtones of Socialism.
Yet the record reveals that Lieberman is the Senate's most committed Socialist - when it comes to loving and financing nukes of all kinds.
Right now he is doing the nuclear industry's bidding by trying to force through Congress an energy bill with unlimited taxpayer-backed loans for new nuclear power plants.
Such a bill is necessary for new nuclear power plants because Wall Street is shunning new nuclear investment like the plague, 60 years into the nuclear age, because of its high risks, high costs and because there is no place to store the radioactive waste.
Lieberman "conned" Connecticut as chairman of the Homeland Security Committee by supporting Dominion when it refused to implement a floating barrier to deter terrorists away from Millstone's intakes, as directed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Lieberman is Connecticut's Homegrown Hypocrite. He and his nuclear folly ambitions must be stopped.

Call Lieberman now. Demand a stop to Nuclear Socialism!
860-549-8463
800-225-5605
202-224-4041


 

The "peaceful" atom leading to war with Iran

Background: The discovery of a second uranium enrichment facility in Qum, Iran prompted the government of Saudi Arabia to open its air space for potential Israeli air attacks on a growing number of nuclear infrastructure targets in Iran.
Ironically, "atoms for peace" have often led to wars. In 1980, Iran attacked Iraq's partially-built Osirak reactor, but French engineers repaired the light damage quickly. The very next year, Israel bombed Osirak before it could be loaded with fuel. These attacks set the precedent for future conventional military pre-emptive strikes against commercial or research atomic facilities, as a non-proliferation tactic. In 1984, Iraq initiated several years of attacks against Iran's partially-built Bushehr reactor complex, inflicting severe damage on the facility. The following year, Bennett Ramberg published Nuclear Power Plants as Weapons for the Enemy: An Unrecognized Military Peril. In 1991, during the Persian Gulf War, the U.S. bombed Iraqi research reactors at Tuwaitha, possibly causing radiological releases. In 2007, Israel bombed an atomic reactor being secretly constructed by North Koreans in Syria. Last year, Ramberg warned about the radiological consequences should the Dimona reactor, at the heart of the Israeli nuclear weapons manufacturing complex, be bombed.

Our view:
Uranium is a currency whose coin has flipsides of nuclear power and nuclear weapons. Potential nuclear targets for Israeli air attacks in Iran now include the perpetually "nearly finished" Bushehr nuclear power plant and at least the Natanz and the Qum uranium enrichment facilities. Such an attack on Iran carries the increasing risk of a rapidly widening regional war, potentially globally. The Bushehr site is now known to be protected by Russian ground-to-air missile batteries.

What you can do: Call your Congressional representatives and tell them that the proliferation of "civilian" nuclear technology principally through nuclear power plants and uranium enrichment destabilizes world peace through both pre-emptive wars and the growing risk of nuclear war.

www.beyondnuclear.org October 1, 2009


Keep It Shut! (Posted 7/21/2009)

Millstone 2 sprang a dangerous radioactive leak inside the containment that has kept the 882-megawatt nuclear reactor shut since July 3, 2009.
Connecticut's nuke-loving Department of Public Utility Control declared Millstone 2 "no longer used and useful" 10 years ago but pressure from the Governor's office and the Attorney General's office has kept this lemon of a nuclear reactor operating under very unsafe conditions.
Allowing Millstone Unit 2, with its aging, cracking parts, to restart would represent an act of supreme recklessness.
Put safety first Dominion and shut Millstone 2 for good.


  

Dr. Ernest J. Sternglass: "Ridding the World of Nuclear Weapons" (Letter to the Editor, The New York Times 6.1.2009

CHILD LEUKEMIA DEATH RATES INCREASE NEAR U.S. NUCLEAR PLANTS
New York ~ 11/11/08 ~ Leukemia death rates in U.S. children near nuclear reactors rose sharply (vs. the national trend) in the past two decades, according to a recent study DECEMBER 23, 2008


VICTORY!  

The Connecticut Supreme Court today (May 20, 2009) swept away 10 years of poor decisionmaking and finally ruled that every citizen in Connecticut has standing to bring suit to protect the environment - just like the statute says.
This is GREAT NEWS for the community surrounded by Millstone. It is GREAT NEWS for the fish. And it is GREAT NEWS for all who believe that conscientious citizen participation can make a difference.
The powerful decision clears the way for an inquest in the Superior Court into the conduct of the high-level personnel of the Department of Environmental Protection who for years have allowed Millstone to operate outside the law.
Read the decision here:
http://www.jud.state.ct.us/external/supapp/Cases/AROcr/CR291/291CR55.pdf


Connecticut High Court Backs Anti-Nuke Plant Activist



Urgent Plea of the Niantic River Winter Flounder  To Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers:

 

The Obama Transition Watch reprint courtesy of www.BeyondNuclear.org

Time to Shut The Damn Nuisance Down

GANG OF 10 BILL:
BIGGEST GIVEAWAY TO NUCLEAR POWER INDUSTRY EVER

NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

The French Nuclear Medusa: French vintners want their vines tested for radioactive contamination. Two wine growers near Tricastin, the nuclear site that has now suffered a series of radioactive leaks, have asked an independent laboratory to test their vines for radioactive contamination. Several winegrowers in the area have already changed the labels on their bottles – since the name Tricastin has rendered the wine unmarketable since the leaks, hitting area vintners hard. The two vineyard owners hope to receive a certificate that determines their wine is nuclear-free.
- Courtesy of BeyondNuclear.org posted August 29, 2008

Millstone: No Exit! No Entrance! - View map
The main road providing access to the Millstone Nuclear Power Station in an emergency - Route 156 (Rope Ferry Road) - was closed to traffic in both directions on the morning of Friday, August 22, 2008, because of a mechanical problem with the Niantic River Bridge, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation.
In the event of fire or other emergency at Millstone, there was "No Exit" for residents and "No Entrance" for emergency response.
The breakdown of the Niantic River Bridge was not factored in to the decisions to license or relicense Millstone.
Another flaw in Millstone's emergency planning exposed in real time.
Operating a nuclear power plant in a populated residential area near Amtrak's Northeast rail service and I-95 is a mistake.
The risks are too high.
Join the call to shut Millstone now.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of Joseph H. Besade

December 1, 1936 - August 16, 2003

We miss your smile, your outrage, your righteousness, your ever-present videocamera, your indignation about all the "corruption and collusion," your boundless energy, your wit and humor. You were our model public citizen and your spirit continues to inspire each and every day.

Eternal love and peace,
Your Friends at the Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone


The Depleted Uranium Threat
8/13/2008 - by: Thomas D. Williams, t r u t h o u t | Report


A field of sunflowers in front of the Areva Tricastin nuclear plant in in Bollene, in the south of France. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty images


By magic, we erased Millstone from the landscape and replaced it with giant wind turbines. Wind turbines do not generate nuclear waste, do not cause cancer - and do not melt down.
We regularly checked our Radalert during the day and it consistently registered a reading of 24 - well above the more typical levels of 17-18 recorded in southeastern Connecticut. Did the temperature inversion trap us - and the thousands who attended Celebrate East Lyme Day and live in the area - in a cloud of radiation from Millstone?


Millstone 2 - July 1 Update
Millstone Unit 2 nuclear reactor remains shut down for the fourth day since critical feedwater pumps failed during a test at 100 per cent power, according to the NRC.
The latest shutdown is the third for Unit 2 in a month.
The Coalition is investigating the causes of the failures at Unit 2 leading to shutdown.
The Connecticut grid has reported no blackouts or brownouts during the seasonally hot weather while Millstone Unit 2's 880-megawatt reactor is unable to generate electricity.

Millstone 2 Emergency Shutdown Update
Millstone Unit 2 was manually tripped to a shutdown at 11:46 A.M. on Saturday, June 28, 2008, when two critical feedwater pumps quit during a test of the system while Unit 2 was operating at 100 per cent power. It was the third unplanned shutdown for Unit 2 in one month.
As of Monday, June 30, 2008, the NRC reported Unit 2 was still shut down, at zero power.
See the schematic diagram (Click Here) provided by David A. Lochbaum, nuclear safety engineer with the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington DC, to explain this latest Millstone Unit 2 shutdown - from the information provided by Dominion and the NRC.
Tribute
The Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone honors the good citizen who contacted us on Saturday, June 28, 2008, to report her eyewitness account of alarming clamorous noises and unusual steam eruptions from Millstone, audible and visible from her beachside property at Point O' Woods in South Lyme five miles due west of Millstone.

We contacted the Office of Emergency Response at NRC headquarters in Rockville MD and were told that at 11:47 AM - just as reported by the concerned resident of South Lyme - Millstone Unit 2 nuclear reactor suffered an unplanned shutdown when critical feedwater pumps failed.
The Coalition is investigating this event - the latest of dozens of unplanned
"scrams" at Millstone Unit 2. Just last month, Unit 2 suffered two other unplanned shutdowns within two days.
When a nuclear reactor undergoes an emergency shutdown from 100 per cent power to zero in less than a second, it is subjected to intense changes in pressure and heightened challenge to all systems; such shutdowns are accompanied by releases of steam which may be radioactive.
The good citizen of South Lyme wishes to remain anonymous at this time. We respect her decision.
Through this tribute, we honor and thank her for her vigilance and concern for her community.

Millstone 2 Emergency Shutdown

Millstone operators manually shut Millstone Unit 2 on Saturday, June 28, when they discovered the steam generator feed pumps had shut down during a test of the turbine stop valve at 100 per cent power, according to Diane Screnci, NRC spokesperson.
The emergency shutdown created "a roaring sound similar to a jet that lasted about 30 seconds," according to a resident of Old Lyme who observed steam shooting into the sky from Millstone Unit 2 from her beachside home at 11:47 A.M. after the jet roar stopped and reported the frightening event to the Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone.
"As soon as it stopped, a white cloud of what I'm assuming was steam - shot up from Millstone. It lasted a few seconds followed by another shot of steam," according to the Old Lyme resident, who said she can see the Millstone radiation stack from her home across the Long Island Sound from Old Black Point.
Ms. Screnci said the roaring noise heard by the Old Lyme resident may have been caused when atmospheric dump valves opened to release steam to the atmosphere; however, she said she had no information as to whether the emergency shutdown led to unusual releases of radiation to the atmosphere.
The Coalition will monitor the incident. Visit www.MothballMillstone.org for updates.


Celebrate the Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone's
10th Anniversary!
Visit our booth at Celebrate East Lyme Day, Saturday, July 19, 3 PM to 9 PM, Main Street, Niantic. Sign our petition to the NRC to block the Millstone 3 power uprate proposal: Dominion wants to increase Millstone 3's radiation doses to the community by 9-10% and overstress the aging reactor to reap more excess profits - Tell them NO! Donate your breastmilk - we will test it for strontium-90 at no charge. Contribute to our health survey! Learn the 10 reasons why we must shut Millstone! And much more!


Which Presidential Candidate Has the Courage to Say NO to NUKES:
Nader at No Nukes Protest
Posted by The Nader Team on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Millstone Unit 2 Update:
The NRC reported that Millstone Unit 2 was in start-up mode at 1 per cent power on May 28, 2008.

The experiment is on . . . Will Millstone Unit 2 ascend to full power without another unscheduled shutdown and heightened risks to the public?
The Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone will obtain all documents related to these events that the NRC chooses to make public. Stay tuned to this website.

Two Shutdowns at Millstone Unit 2 in Two Days:
Did Dominion Violate NRC Rules and
Endanger the Public Health and Safety for Profit?
On May 22, 2008 and on May 24, 2008, Millstone Unit 2 suffered two unplanned shutdowns - both involving the Reserve Station Service Transformer (RSST).
The first event - possibly triggered by a lightning bolt - shut down onsite generation of electricity. Offsite power from the grid via the RSST was fed to Unit 2 to keep the critical reactor safety systems and reactor coolant pumps operating.
Did Dominion fully understand the cause of the May 22 shutdown before it attempted to restart Unit 2?
Dominion’s spokesman, Peter Hyde, is quoted by The Day in its May 25, 2008 article (“Officials Probe Power Loss at Millstone”) fo9llowing the second unplanned shutdown as saying:
“We’re still trying to ascertain what this is all about.”
On May 24, while Millstone Unit 2 was at only 1 power cent power, another electrical disturbance - the failure of the RSST - triggered another automatic shutdown. This time, Unit 2's shutdown was complicated by a loss of offsite power.
Luckily, backup systems functioned to prevent a meltdown.
Seventy-two minutes into the second crisis, workers cross-connected a power supply from Millstone Unit 3, which was operating at 100 per cent power - as a back-up for the electricity supplied by the emergency diesel generators.
As of May 27, 2008, the NRC’s website reported Millstone Unit 2 was still shut down.
David Lochbaum, nuclear engineer with the Union of Concerned Scientists based in Washington DC, addressed these disturbing events in an Issue Brief he released on May 27, 2008 entitled “Millstone 2 Events.” To see Mr. Lochbaum’s insightful “Brief” and accompanying graphic displays click here.
Mr. Lochbaum notes that the NRC fined the Salem Nuclear Power Plant in New Jersey a then-unprecedented $850,000 fine in 1983 involving failures to fully understand precipitating causes of an unscheduled reactor trip prior to attempts to restart the reactor.
As a result of the Salem errors, the NRC issued Generic Letter 83-28 to all nuclear power plant owners, mandating that they FULLY UNDERSTAND the causes of unscheduled nuclear reactor trips BEFORE restarting the reactors. .
Did Dominion violate the NRC mandate?
Did Dominion put profit ahead of safety?

Millstone Unit 2 Suffers Second Scram in Three Days
Class I Emergency Declared
Likelihood of Radioactive Releases to the Environmen
t

STOP $544 billion for nuclear energy!

Lightning Strike Shuts Millstone Unit 2

Three Mile Island 29 Years Later: Nuclear Safety Problems Still Unresolved

Chernobyl, 22 Years Later

CLASS I EMERGENCY DECLARED AT MILLSTONE

Hartford Courant: "Challenge Dominion"!

Millstone Downwinders: Inhale Deeply - Until March 31

Snow and rain caused a malfunction in the Millstone meteorological tower and associated instrumentation for measuring gaseous radioactive releases to the environment for at least seven days in January, according to a report Dominion filed with the NRC on January 30, 2008.


3,000+ Organizations and Individuals Urge President Bush
"Protect Most Vulnerable from Radiation Exposure"

While New London Slept . . . [1]
All hell was breaking loose at Millstone


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Settlement Offered to Some Residents Near Pa. Nuke Fuel Plant 2/01/2008 Read more>>>


LOSS OF SPENT FUEL POOL COOLING Incident at Millstone 02/01/2008. Read more>>>

Where Have All the Children Gone:
An Inquest into the Activities of The New London Day



The playground at the Southwest Elementary School in Waterford, Connecticut, is in the shadow of the Millstone Nuclear Power Station radiation-release stack.

Since 1978, due to the pioneering research of Dr. Ernest J. Sternglass and others, it has been known that developing fetuses, young children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to the effects of exposure to low-level ionizing radiation, which Millstone continuously releases to the air and water. Continue>>>

Senators call for safety inspection, waste studies at VY
By BOB AUDETTE, Reformer Staff Saturday, January 12



Rocks in His Head?
Dan Steward, First Selectman of Waterford, greets the New Year from the front page of The Hartford Courant standing amid the rocks at Pleasure Beach advocating constructing nerw nuclear power plants at MIllstone. Go to: http://www.courant.com/news/custom/topnews/hc-nuclear0101.artjan01,0,322176.story?coll=hc_tab01_layout
Does Mr. Steward have rocks in his head?
With tritium leaks exceeding federal drinking water standards, poisons washing ashore to the public beach from the nuclear power plant, its blatant security lapses and firing of whistleblowers, and facing a residential neighborhood plagued with a cluster of fatal brain cancers, Mr. Steward's blind advocacy for new nuclear power is antithetical to the public interest and well-being.
We invite Mr. Steward to sensitize himself to the everyday health and safety perils of Millstone and join us this new year to work to phase out antiquated and costly nuclear power in Waterford and develop sane solutions to our energy needs.
Time to rock the reactors, Mr. Steward.


Ad Feminam
In a courtroom, when an unscrupulous advocate lacks facts to prove a case, he may resort to an ad hominem attack against the opponent as a last, pathetic resort.

And so have the “news” writers of southeastern Connecticut’s biggest daily, The New London Day, gone on a reckless, ad feminam binge.

Read the obituaries that you publish at a high fee, Mr. The Day. Read the flyers put up in the communities you purport to serve with their desperate appeals for help for young victims of brain cancer and thyroid cancer. Infants, young children and young adults are suffering and dying in your midst from supposedly rare medical conditions.

When does the word “rare” lose its original meaning and take on a new meaning such as “not uncommon” or even “common”?

When a newspaper compromises objectivity and recklessly censors the facts about the known dangers of environmental exposure to radiation from nuclear power plants to our most vulnerable populations - the young, the unborn and pregnant and lactating women - it has lost any claim to speak for the well-being of the community.

Educate yourself, Mr. The Day.

Read the official report issued by Congress in 2006 through the National Research Council of the National Academies (“Health Risks from Exposure to Low Levels of Ionizing Radiation: BEIR VII - Phase 2"), http://darwin.nap.edu/books/030909156X/html.

Read “Science for the Vulnerable: Setting Radiation and Multiple Exposure Environmental Health Standards to Protect Those Most at Risk,” issued on October 19, 2006 by the Institute for Environmental and Energy Research, http://www.ieer.org/campaign/report.pdf,

Stop censoring the truth and shooting messengers. Aspire to honor and integrity. Stop betraying the community you have the privilege of serving.

Rock Stars Play Backup to Edwards' Populist Message
By John P. Gregg Valley News Staff Writer

CENSORED AGAIN!
New London CT's The Day newspaper is censoring the news about Millstone once again!
On December 17, 2007, Nancy Burton, Director of the Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone, filed a complaint in the Connecticut Superior Court charging The Day and its reporter, Patricia Daddona, with publishing a libelous article about Millstone on December 15, 2007 on the front page. Attorney General Richard S. Blumenthal is also a named defendant.
The Day was served with an electronic copy of the complaint early on December 17, 2007, affording it ample opportunity to publish an article acknowledging it is a defendant in a libel lawsuit involving Millstone for its December 18, 2007 isssue.
Instead, The Day put a blackout on the news to keep its 100,000 loyal readers in southeastern Connecticut in the dark.
You can read the complaint here:
Banish the Censorship:
Nancy Burton v. Patricia Daddona et al.


Cheney Pursuing Nuclear Ambitions of His Own
By Jason Leopold - t r u t h o u t - Report 11/5/2007
Oral Argument November 27, 2007 at 11 A.M.
CONNECTICUT SUPREME COURT
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Domenici slips nuclear loan provision into farm legislationNo new nuclear power plants have been built in the U.S. in decades, primarily because nuclear power is simply too risky to receive financing from the private market. But we're in danger of seeing a rebirth of nuclear power, with dozens of new plants across the country, if the nuclear industry gets its way and gets taxpayers to foot the bill with $50 billion worth of loan guarantees. Friends of the Earth has been fighting to remove these loan guarantees from the energy bill, but this week a member of our policy team found that Senator Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), the nuclear industry's biggest congressional ally, has slipped this loan guarantee language into an amendment to the farm bill. Send a message to Congress about these guarantees at Friends of the Earth Action's nonukeloans.com.

The horrific traffic accident that occurred in East Lyme in broad daylight on November 2 was called the "worst case scenario" by Waterford Police Chief Murray Pendleton because I-95 was blocked in both directions for nearly 8 hours and Route 1 and secondary roads were virtually gridlocked for hours.

What if an accident or a terrorist strike occurred at Millstone? Would I-95 and Route 1 really accommodate a full-scale evacuation of the 139,205 people who live within 10 miles of Millstone?

Attorney General Richard S. Blumenthal:
Won't you follow NY Attorney General Andrew Cucomo's lead and hold a community forum in New London County. The community would like to hear about your plans to bring Millstone into compliance with the law or shut it down.

CALL FOR ACCOUNTABILITY:The U.S. House of Representatives is considering sneaking through a $50 BILLION taxpayer loan guarantee so that outlaw profiteers like Dominion can persuade Wall Street to back a new generation of dangerous nuclear power plants.

If the nuclear experiment had worked, the nuclear industry wouldn't need government subsidy.
But the technology is so dangerous and the potential consequences of an accident so catastrophic that no private company will insure them or invest in them without government - that means YOU, the taxpayer - guarantees.
The Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone has contacted each member of the state's Congressional delegation to educate them and their staffs on this issue.
We have let them know we are counting on them to block the "new nukes subsidy."
You can help by contacting them yourself.
Here is the number that will connect you to your own Representative: (202) 224-3121.
Let them know you are watching their votes on this issue.

 

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