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Sample CT Goat Milk For Indian PT Radiation: It’s What the Law Requires

Hon. Rob Klee
CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection v
79 Elm Street
Hartford CT 06106

Milk Sampling for Radiation Downwind of Indian Point

Dear Commissioner Klee:

As you know, Connecticut General Statutes §22a-135(a)(4) provides as follows:

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection shall: …
(a)(4) monitor radiation originating from nuclear plants and perform tests to detect any buildup of radioactivity in the soil, water, plants or animals of the state.

The Indian Point nuclear power station, located in Buchanan NY, routinely releases carcinogenic radioisotopes to the air and water.

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The Fairfield County Connecticut community of Greenwich is located 18 miles DOWNWIND of Indian Point at its closest point. See­health-risks-to-fairfield-county-ct-of-keeping-the-indian-point-nuclear-reactors­open/ (“The portion of Fairfield County with the highest cancer incidence rates are the towns in the southwest part of the county, directly downwind and closest to Indian Point.”)(Report dated 2008)

My own community of Redding is located approximately 30 miles DOWNWIND of Indian Point.

Despite the fact that Indian Point routinely releases carcinogenic radioisotopes to the air, which blows in accordance with the prevailing southeasterly winds into nearby Connecticut, to my knowledge, your agency has never monitored radiation emanating from Indian Point in Connecticut’s soil, water, plants or animals.

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Dana Blue Eyes

It is well recognized, even by nuclear reactor operators, that cow and especially goat milk are the best known indicators of radioactivity in the environment from nuclear power plants. See, e.g., Dominion Nuclear Connecticut 2015 Annual Environmental Radiological Operating Report at page 4-6 (“Typically, the most sensitive indicator of fission product existence in the terrestrial environment is the radiological analysis of milk samples.”).

This is, therefore, a request that CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection initiate without further delay a program to monitor cow and goat milk in cows and goats grazing downwind of Indian Point.

I specifically request that your agency initiate such monitoring with samples of goat milk collected from goats grazing at the Redding Goat Sanctuary, 14 7 Cross Highway in Redding, which is where I reside. I have available a plentiful supply of fresh goat milk which I would be willing to hand-deliver to the offices of the Connecticut Department of Public Health state laboratory – which has a 30-plus­year history of analyzing goat and cow milk samples from the Millstone nuclear power station vicinity in southeastern Connecticut, continuing to the present.

For your information, radioisotopes detected in goat milk near Millstone pose grave health risks to all biological species; they are especially harmful to pregnant females and their developing babies. See, e.g., For your information, the owners and operators of Indian Point do not monitor cow or goat milk for levels of radioactivity. See, e.g., Indian Point 2016 Annual Environmental Radiological Operating Report,

I look forward to your prompt reply,


Nancy Burton