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Millstone Presentation Highlights

We thank Jeffrey Semancik, Connecticut’s DEEP Radiation Director who previously operated Millstone Unit 3 and held other senior positions at Millstone, for joining our presentation to the public in East Lyme on September 24. It was titled “Has Millstone Been a Good Neighbor?”

We asked the audience members to decide for themselves if Millstone has been a good neighbor after hearing these and other statistics taken from Dominion’s report of Millstone’s radiation releases to the air and water in 2013, the most recent report available.

AIR:

  • Millstone 3 released radiation to the air in a continuous “containment purge” lasting nearly 3 hours. The containment encloses the nuclear reactor and is Millstone 3’s Ground Zero of intense radioactivity.
  • Millstone Unit 3 released radiation to the air through “containment vents” virtually every single day in 2013, averaging 2-3 hours per vent.
  • Millstone Unit 2 released radioactive batches of air during 57 containment vents for a total of 144 hours – six days!
  • Millstone Unit 1 – which stopped producing electricity in 1995 and confers no public benefit – still vents radioactivity to the air and water and ships plutonium to South Carolina.

WATER:

  • Millstone 3 released 239 batches of radioactive water to the Sound. The longest liquid release lasted 44,600 minutes – that’s 743 hours, over 30 days.
  • Millstone 2 and 3 sucked in 2.2 billion gallons of water per day – that’s 730 billion gallons per year – from the Long Island Sound.
  • Millstone 3 is allowed by Connecticut permit to release water to the Sound 28 degrees hotter than the intake temperature, while Millstone 2 is allowed to release it 32 degrees hotter.

posted September 29th, 2014

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Dr. Sternglass turns 91 today

Happy 91st Birthday Today to Dr. Ernest Sternglass!

All Best Birthday Wishes to a Brilliant Pioneering Scientist
in the Health Effects of Ionizing Radiation

It was Dr. Sternglass who alerted us and the world when Dominion reported finding a concentration of 55 picoCuries per liter of strontium-90 in the milk of Katie the Goat when she was living 5 miles downwind of Millstone and grazing on pasture grass in 2001. That concentration was nearly TWICE the level of the highest concentrations of strontium-90 in milk sold commercially in Connecticut during the peak of atmospheric nuclear weapons testing in the 1960s. Dominion and Gina McCarthy, then Commissioner of CT’s Department of Environmental Protection denied a causal link with Millstone. McCarthy now serves as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Posted September 23, 2014

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People’s Climate March

September 21, 2014 New York City

People who love our planet turned out in the hundreds of thousands at marches around the world on September 21, 2014 to sound the alarm for action to address climate change.

We joined hundreds of others in the No-Nukes contingent of the New York City march – estimated at 300,000 souls. Nuclear is so twentieth century, a sign said. Time to focus our resources on sustainable renewable energy!

Anti-nuclear contingents came from across the nation – Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ohio, Georgia, Virginia, Great Lakes region, Nebraska, California to name a few – and from around the world, including Japan and Bangladesh.

We hugged Michael Marriotte, leader of Washington-based Nuclear Information and Resource Service, and Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear.

We met Ayumi Tenlock who carried a handmade quilt bearing pleas from Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors to end nuclear power and nuclear weapons. Its centerpiece was an appliqué of a picture of a little girl drawn by Sabreen Hafed of Iraq, who had been exposed to U.S. depleted uranium weaponry. She developed cancer of her eyes and died at the age of 15, Ayumi told us.

We met a young mother with her beautiful breast-feeding baby. She agreed to send us a sample of her breastmilk so we can have it analyzed for the possible presence of radioisotopes.

We were handed a flyer reminding us that since the triple nuclear reactor meltdown at Fukushima in 2011, 330 tons of deadly radioactive water has been spewing DAILY into the ocean, according to TEPCO admissions. Details are at www.FixFukushima.info.

The debate is over. Time for action. Time for government leadership.

Posted September 21, 2014

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Millstone 3: Another Special Inspection for Recurring Equipment Malfunctions

One of Millstone 3’s critical feedwater pumps flunked quarterly surveillance tests twice in a row recently, on July 15 and September 10, the NRC reported in a press release issued today.

“During both tests, the pump started and then unexpectedly stopped,” according to the NRC. “It then restarted without operator intervention and reached rated speed approximately 15 minutes later. The pump has since undergone repairs and been restored to service.”

The NRC pointed out that a Special Inspection it carried out earlier this year found “unrelated issues with the same pump.”

The pump – called the turbine-driven auxiliary feedwater pump – is a component of the reactor’s safety system. Its function is to help cool the reactor following a shutdown.

Posted September 15, 2014

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Join us at the People’s Climate March in NYC!

Don’t miss the Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent to the People’s Climate March on September 21 in New York City. Email info@mothballmillstone.org to reserve a seat on a bus traveling from Connecticut.

March Information

Why We March

Briefing Paper

Nuclear Power Fact Sheet

EPA Talking Points

Source:www.nirs.com

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13 Years After 9/11: Why No Security Barrier at Millstone?

Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has doled out many millions of dollars to bolster security in the New London coastal area of southeastern Connecticut. Recent enhancements:

  • A $375,000 police boat for Stonington
  • A $700,000 firefighting boat for Mystic
  • A $520,000 patrol boat for Waterford
  • Surveillance cameras and fences at State Pier in New London[1]

So why does Homeland Security continue to allow Dominion to refuse its offer of a FREE (taxpayer-paid) floating security barrier to protect Millstone’s exposed intake structures from sabotage which could have calamitous consequences?

It would look something like this:

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The U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Sub Base in nearby Groton has one.

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Just last year, even the defunct Connecticut Yankee nuclear reactor site in East Haddam was fitted with a similar floating barrier blocking access to the former discharge canal and the thousands of tons of spent nuclear fuel stored a short distance away. See “’Orange Scar’ on Connecticut River,” Hartford Courant, September 6, 2014.

Five years after 9/11, Dominion flagrantly flousted its disregard for national security and our safety when it routinely disabled Millstone’s perimeter security fence to save money. Then Dominion fired the courageous whistleblower who complained and he shared the information with us. We broke the story in the Boston Globe after no news media outlet in Connecticut would touch it.

Sign our petition to demand Homeland Security focus its energy where’s it’s most needed: To force Dominion to install a floating security barrier. All the fancy new speedboats are for “first responders.” How about focusing on deterrence first and there will be no need for responders.

Posted 9/11/14

[1] “Port security, now an organized, regional effort,” The Day, September 11, 2014, http://theday.com/article/20140911/NWS01/309119394/1018/NWS#.VBHwIu29Kc0

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Cancer and Birth Defects in New London County

New London County – where Millstone is located – continues to have higher cancer and birth defect rates than elsewhere in the state of Connecticut, according to recent statistics from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute.

Cancer incidence in the age group infant-to-age-14 between the years 2006 and 2010 was 20 per cent higher.

Cancer mortality in children and young adults (ages infancy to 24 years) between 1999 and 2011 was 17 per cent higher.

Thyroid cancer incidence from 2006 to 2010 was 17 per cent higher in New London County than elsewhere in the state. Thyroid cancer is medically linked to radiation exposure.

Birth defects – which may also be linked medically to radiation exposure in utero – occurred at a rate 22 per cent higher than elsewhere in the state between 2007 and 2012.

Data credited to Joseph J. Mangano, executive director of the Radiation and Public Health Project, a research and education group based in New York.

Posted September 9, 2014

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Three Months Later They Admit: We Got Dosed

Three Months Later They Admit: We Got Dosed During the May 25 Emergency Double Nuclear Shutdown

When Millstone Units 2 and 3 went into simultaneous emergency shutdown on May 25, 2014, Dominion told the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission that its onsite radiation monitors: “are indicating normal levels.”

At the same time, when Dominion had declared an emergency with the sudden loss of offsite power, the NRC’s Public Affairs officer Neil Sheehan assured Connecticut news media: “[A]All safety systems functioned as designed and . . . there were no health or safety issues to the public as a result.”

The event – once again bringing Millstone and Connecticut to the brink of nuclear disaster – was so serious that the NRC began a special inspection.

Now, three months later, the NRC has released its special inspection report, finding Dominion committed a “white” level – second on a scale of four – violation of federal regulations which led to the shutdowns and complications which kept Unit 3 shut for 10 days. Unit 2 was allowed to restart 4 days after the event. Under NRC rules, Millstone will likely be put under additional NRC oversight for a year or more.

Buried in the August 28, 2014 inspection report, and unreported by the news media, is the previously withheld information that cascading equipment errors led to “unexpected” radioactive gaseous releases through the reactor’s ventilation system and elsewhere at Unit 3.

Unexpected releases of cancer-causing radioisotopes into the air we breathe are a matter of health and safety. We were misled by Dominion and the NRC, once again.

The NRC did not reveal the quantity of radioactive gases released nor identify the radioisotopes. The NRC said the information will not be made available to the public until Dominion releases its annual radioactive effluents report next April, nearly a year after the event.

That’s a best-guess timing estimate.

Although Dominion submitted its 2013 radiological effluents report on time in April, the NRC withheld the report from the public for 4 months and did not release it until after the Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone complained.

In addition to the release of radioactive gases to the environment, an untold number of Millstone workers suffered unusual radiation exposures to their bodies during the event, according to the NRC inspection report.

Worker exposure to cancer-causing radiation is also a matter of health and safety. Indeed, it may be a matter of life and death.

We previously reported on the May 25 Millstone emergency: http://www.mothballmillstone.org/alerts/emergency-declared-at-millstone-double-nuke-emergency-shutdown

The NRC special inspection report is available on the NRC web site (www.nrc.gov) in the ADAMS system as ADAMS Accession No. ML 14240A006.

Posted: September 1, 2014

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Has Millstone Been a Good Neighbor? Find Out!

The public is invited to a presentation on September 24, 2014 from 6 to 8 PM at the East Lyme Community Center, Chendal Room, 41 Society Road, Niantic. The Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone is sponsoring the event. All are welcome!

Topics will include Millstone’s hotter water discharge to the Long Island Sound, Dominion’s routine and unplanned radiation releases to the air and water and its record of radiation monitoring, health effects of Millstone operations, and what you can do.

Special guest: Jeffrey Semancik, career nuclear engineer at Millstone, newly appointed Director of Radiation for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Download the pdf version

Posted September 1, 2014