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No Niantic No!

With apologies to the late, great Chuck Berry (“Johnny B. Goode”)

No Niantic No!

We were cruising PA Ave on a picture-perfect day
The ocean waves ahead beckoned us to play
We looked to the east but what did we see?
The radiation stack of M-I-L-L-S-T-O-N-E.
The air seemed clear, the sky was blue, so how could we tell
That tower belched a poison, radiation straight from hell.
We couldn’t help but breathe it as we drove right along
We want YOU to know the truth so we wrote you this song.

Repeating refrain:
No Niantic No!
Say No Niantic No!
Say No Niantic No!
Say No Niantic No!
Say No Niantic No!

We thought we’d take a dip in the water anyway
At the sandy beach on Niantic Bay
But our feet got stuck in the nuclear crud
Buried deep down in the radioactive mud.
For 47 years Millstone’s used the LI Sound
As its toxic radwaste toilet, that’s what we have found
Dominion says Millstone’s squeaky clean but that’s a big lie
Millstone’s dirty and dangerous. It’s making people die.


By now we were feeling some keen hunger pangs
Thought we’d like some fish -the kind without fangs
The fishmonger said he wouldn’t delay
The catch of the day had just come in from Niantic Bay
There was no one to inspect it so we took him at his word
So we wolfed down cesium-137 – now isn’t that absurd?
The CE-137 attached itself to our internal cells
A Niantic souvenir inside our organs dwells.

As we gulped down our meal and paid our luncheon bill
We saw the sign posted by the window sill:
“We are sorry to inform you – don’t choke on that bone –
But you have entered the Nuclear Evacuation Zone”
Just like at Fukushima, when it triple-melted down
The government will lie if terrorists come to town
Plan to kiss the ones you love and don’t be left alone
There’s no escape if you reside in Millstone’s N.E. Zone.

A poster said “Sign here” for Senate Bill 106
Said the bill was a “high electric-rate” fix
But when we read the bill it was full of tricks
Those legislators must think we’re country-bumpkin hicks
The bill is just a giveaway to Millstone’s corporate suits
It would keep that sucker open – Hartford’s in deep cahoots

Everyone was talkin’ about Millstone’s worst scandal
The cancer and illnesses are more than they can handle
Losing women and children – the tragedy is cruel.
What’s the cause of this – We know – We’re not a fool
We said we have an answer to stop all this cancer:
Tell Dominion “Pack your bags and Go!”
Just pack your bags and GO!

Go Dominion Go!
Say Go Dominion Go!
Say Go Dominion Go!
Say Go Millstone Go!
Say Go Dominion Go!

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Millstone Green and Clean? Ha! Dominion Comes ‘Clean’ on Its Website

Dominion is running a propaganda campaign to fool the public into believing its Millstone operations are “green and clean.”

Don’t be fooled! Go to Dominion’s own website to see this forecast of planned airborne radiation releases during April 2017:

On April 2 and 3, Dominion has been “purging” its containment. Translation: Venting to our air its deadly build-up of carcinogenic radioisotopes.

That’s just the start: They’re readying that old, failing nuclear reactor for yet another refueling outage in April. That’s the dirtiest time to be around Millstone 2 – except during an “accident” – because the workers are kept busy releasing and venting and discharging the building-up of toxic radiation to our air and water.

Dominion has to report these inconvenient truths on its website because the CT Coalition Against Millstone persuaded the legislature to pass a law requiring it to do so, the only one of its kind in the country.

Millstone is a dirty, dirty, dirty, antiquated technology to boil water.

Remember: Windmills don’t melt down!

Table 1 (below) provides a schedule of Millstone Power Station’s upcoming airborne batch effluent releases and the associated estimated activities.

millstone radiation releases for April 2017

millstone airborne radiation release chart
Figure 1: Millstone Nuclear Power Station actual and projected monthly batch and continuous airborne effluent releases.
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Some say energy bill not so green: CT Post unpacks truths behind Senate Bill 106

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A revised green-energy bill that environmentalists and the AARP believe unfairly favors the owner of the Millstone nuclear plant in Waterford is heading for a showdown vote next week in a key legislative committee.

Opponents say the legislation is essentially a giveaway to Dominion Energy, but the company says Millstone Power Station, which provides about 60 percent of Connecticut’s power needs, fits green-energy criteria and could save ratepayers money.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has some problems with the bill, but is willing to keep revising it with legislative leaders as the session heads toward its June 7 adjournment.

Dominion officials say that if they can’t offer consumers relief from what are already the highest electric rates in the continental U.S., then as many as four levels of state regulators — including the attorney general and the consumer counsel — could reject Dominion.

The bill that the Energy & Technology Committee will vote on Tuesday afternoon was rewritten by legislators following a recent public hearing. John Erlingheuser, advocacy director for the AARP Connecticut, said the bill is still “anti-ratepayer” because it would lead to higher electric bills.

“I think the motive here is Dominion keeps saying this is a bill to allow fairness and to have them provide lower electric rates,” Erlingheuser said in an interview, charging that the giant energy company wants to avoid public disclosure.

“The irony of that is that, as a private company, they have an obligation to their shareholders to get the highest prices they can for electricity, therefore the highest profits,” he said. “It’s basically a giveaway, because if Dominion wanted to have contracts for electricity … with Eversource and UI, they can do that under the law now, but those contracts would have to be in a cost-to-service basis, meaning expenses and a reasonable rate of return would be all they’re entitled to. They don’t want to do that because they want no transparency — they don’t want to open their books to ratepayers.”

Erlingheuser said he expects the committee will move the bill to the Senate floor, as Dominion portrays its product as a non-carbon-emitting nuclear fuel which is not renewable and produces the problematic spent fuel rods that will be stored on the site until the federal government comes up with a long-term storage solution.

Nancy Burton, of Redding, director of the Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone, said the plant emits radioactive Carbon 14, a greenhouse-gas component, into the air over the plant.

“I am honestly outraged at the process that the committee is following on this bill,” Burton said, recalling that the recent public hearing was based on a one-sentence description of the legislation. Still, many environmentalists from throughout the state opposed it.

“The idea of the nuclear industry coming in to squeeze out the trivial funding there is for renewable energy, it boggles the mind,” Burton said. “It boggles the mind. the whole process is a travesty — there’s no good reason to do this.”

Kevin Hennessy, Dominion’s director of federal, state and local affairs, said Friday that the bill would continue a long-established practice of public solicitations to buy power, while allowing Millstone to compete along with solar, wind, large-scale hydro from Quebec and other renewables.

“You have the highest retail electric rates in the country,” Hennessy said in a phone interview. “Over the last decade you’ve paid 7 1/2 cents per kilowatt hour, not including delivery charges. We feel extremely confident, if given opportunity to bid, we can reduce the 7 1/2 cents number in the best interest of ratepayers.”

Hennessy said that the DEEP, the attorney general and the consumer counsel would all review proposals, with oversight by the Department of Public Utility Control.

“It’s simply buying power smarter,” he said.

Dennis Schain, communications director for the DEEP, said Friday that the agency, which still has concerns about the bill, would continue to work with lawmakers and stakeholders in attempt to reach a consensus.

“Consideration of the future of Millstone is an issue worthy of discussion, given the large percent of power it contributes to the regional grid, the fact that this energy does not create carbon emissions linked to climate change, and the number of jobs provided at this facility,” Schain said.

“Any bill the legislature considers should clearly define the circumstances under which we would want to use the procurement authority it would provide,” Schain said. “The bill should also make clear that the interests of ratepayers would be fully considered and protected before moving forward with a procurement – including potential impacts a procurement of this magnitude would have on energy markets.”

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Vote NO on Senate Bill 106 – on Tuesday, March 21st

Appeal to Energy & Technology Committee Members:
Restore Your Committee’s Integrity
Vote NO on Senate Bill 106

The General Assembly’s Energy & Technology Committee is poised to vote on Senate Bill 106 on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 , at 2 PM .

You must vote NO to restore your Committee’s integrity.

Senate Bill 106 is the product of a dirty backroom deal between the Committee leadership – chiefly Sen. Paul M. Formica – and Dominion, which owns and operates Millstone, New England ’s dirtiest and most dangerous nuclear power plant.

Formica’s Senate district includes Waterford , site of Millstone, which the U.S. Department of Homeland Security identifies as Connecticut ’s first most dangerous terrorist target. It is a pre-deployed weapon of mass destruction, sheltering on its 500-acre site on Long Island Sound thousands of tons of lethal high-level radioactive waste. It is within roughly 50 miles of Hartford, New Haven, Providence RI and most of eastern Long Island where millions of innocent families live.

Formica’s sweetheart deal with Millstone is so dirty he had to develop it in secret with Dominion outside the democratic process.

He called a public hearing on Bill 106 on February 2, 2017 when the bill consisted of one meaningless sentence:

“That title16a of the general statutes be amended to provide a mechanism for zero-carbon electric generating facilities to sell power to electric utilities.”

Even so, statewide opposition to the bill was nearly unanimous. Of the 29 organizations and businesses that submitted statements, Connecticut’s entire pro-environmental community, including the Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone, voiced fierce opposition to the bill.

A unique coalition from the energy industry, including the state’s biggest suppliers of electricity, voiced fierce opposition to the bill.

Virtually all who voiced support for the bill have some financial or business connection, stated or unstated, to Dominion.

What would the bill that was the subject of the public hearing do?

Hard to say, as the one-sentence bill lacked any substance.

But Formica talked up the one-sentence bill to the news media as a necessary means to assure that Millstone would continue to provide “baseload” (round-the-clock) power to Connecticut.

But Dominion, at the public hearing, insisted it had no plans to shutter Millstone nor remove baseload power from the grid. Nor would it voluntarily open its books to demonstrate to the legislators any kind of economic hardship justifying legislative intervention on its behalf.

Yet, Dominion’s representatives spoke in detail about a bill that consisted of one sentence – the “stealth” bill.

All the while, Formica kept the real bill, doubtless drafted in Dominion’s company, in his back pocket.

Two weeks later, on the eve of the March 14 blizzard, Formica released the contents of the now 12-page single-spaced amended Senate Bill 106 to the news media and announced an Energy and Technology vote on the amended bill – without convening a public hearing on it – a week later, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 2 PM.

In essence, the amended bill would allow Dominion, the producer of the dirtiest, most dangerous electricity known to mankind, to compete with the fledgling clean-energy producers (chiefly wind and solar) to sell electricity at above-market rates. (Meanwhile, by all accounts, Dominion is making robust profits.) It would allow this without first studying the effects such a dubious giveaway would have on the start-up clean, sustainable energy producers, let alone the inevitable ratepayer squeeze.

Here’s the headline that could have run in the tabloids:

“Formica/Dominion to Connecticut:
Screw clean, sustainable energy!
Screw the ratepayers!
Screw the democratic process!”

In essence, the amended bill provides the classic case of a legislative sweetheart deal inimical to the public interest promoted by a legislator with close ties to the bill’s sole beneficiary, a deep-pocketed corporation.

No wonder Formica kept the details in his back pocket during the public hearing confined to a one-sentence bill.

By the way, CTN, Connecticut’s quasi-public TV network which customarily provides archival video coverage of legislative hearings of important public significance, was told by someone on the Committee that the turnout for the February 2 public hearing was expected to be “minimal,” even though the Committee leadership had hailed the bill for months in the news media as the most important bill of the 2017 legislative season. That’s what a CTN representative told us when we inquired why CTN had no plans to cover the event and could not be persuaded to cover the event. As it happened, the turn-out in opposition to the bill was of standing-room-only capacity.

You, the voting members of the Energy & Technology Committee, must block this brazen anti-democratic act of subterfuge and betrayal of the public trust.

Your failure to do so will frustrate and flummox development of a successful clean-energy economy in Connecticut in favor of a failed, dangerous technology that would not persist but for billions in taxpayer subsidies already paid out.

You must restore the integrity of the Energy and Technology Committee or allow it to be exposed to outside investigation in the public interest.

VOTE NO to Bill 106 on March 21.


Nancy Burton
Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone
147 Cross Highway
Redding CT 06896

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NRC To Hold Annual Millstone Assessment Meeting on March 22nd

NRC to hold Annual Millstone Assessment Meeting

March 22, 2017 at the Waterford Public Library

From 6 pm – 8 pm


The meeting will address the NRC’s most recent Millstone assessment letter released on March 13, 2017:

The Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee will host the event, which is open to the public. The library is located at 49 Rope Ferry Road in Waterford.
Following a presentation by the NRC and an opportunity for questions by NEAC members, the public is invited to address questions.

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Dominion Propaganda About Millstone Pops Up at the Strangest Places

We were cruising the Internet on Wednesday (3/15/17) after reading “The Shepherd’s Life,” a glorious meditation on raising sheep and living a pastoral idyll in England’s fabled Lake District of Cumbria, because the best-seller published in 2015 inspired a need to know more.

The Shepherd's lifeFor one thing, we were struck to learn that sheep in this remote region in the northwest of England just below Scotland were still being monitored for traces of radioactivity from Chernobyl, which exploded far away in Ukraine in 1986, as recently as 2012. Then there was the matter of the author’s aunt’s death from cancer – she had a sheep farm nearby – and his own father’s death from cancer. His father was herding sheep at the age of 8 in the Lake District when the notorious Sellafield (formerly “Windscale”) fire erupted in 1957 at Britain’s plutonium factory on the Irish Sea, just an hour’s drive to the west. The fire raged for three days, releasing enormous radioactivity to the environment, a fact deliberately suppressed by the government. Sheep were found dead across the scenic valleys. Of course, we also wondered what caused the mysterious rash of miscarriages among the author’s sheep one recent spring.

As author James Rebanks writes, when an inspector in a white protective suit showed up on the family farm with Geiger counters clicking in his hand soon after Chernobyl, “It added to the general impression of my youth that the wider world was stupendously fucked up. It felt like the whole modern world wanted to rob me of the life I wanted to lead.”

We found ourselves visiting an online British news site –
– to learn more when our online viewing was interrupted by an ad from “Dominion Millstone”! This British website automatically opened with an alert directed to Connecticut residents asking them if they know they pay the highest electricity rates in the U.S.A.

Readers of The Telegraph, like us, who had clicked on the site to read the article about James Rebanks – “Could you handle life as a modern-day shepherd” – were enticed to divert their attention from that article to another site promoting the Millstone bailout bill – Connecticut Senate Bill 106 – at

“More information” was a click away. “What to do” was another click away, as the familiar image of Millstone appeared onscreen over the tabloid copy.

Readers were encouraged to sign their names, addresses, zipcodes and emails to a form supporting the bill. Of course, Dominion’s arguments in the ad are bogus, false and misleading.

This happened on Wednesday (March 14), the day after the blizzard that crippled Connecticut, shutting down Connecticut government, and just two days after the Energy and Technology Committee first released the full text of the proposed bill to the public. The earlier version was one sentence long and so vague as to be meaningless.

Lessons of this true story:

  • The nuclear menace is everywhere
  • Time to find out if Dominion has an inside track to the Energy and Technology Committee leadership. By the way, did Dominion’s lawyers write the revised bill?
  • Dominion is tossing out money hand over fist in its propaganda drive to fleece electric customers and steal funding for safe, clean renewable energy
  • We need to shut Millstone, not prolong its dirty, unsafe operations

Recommended sources:

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is convening a public meeting on March 8, 2017 on a petition to close at-risk nuclear reactors, including Millstone Unit 2, for inspection and testing of suspect Areva-Creusot Forge major components.

The NRC’s Petition Review Board will conduct the public meeting at its Rockville MD headquarters from 10 AM to 12 noon with petitioner Beyond Nuclear and co-petitioners, including the Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone, regarding 18 U.S. nuclear reactors deemed at-risk of potential catastrophic failure due to a critical loss of quality control of French-manufactured reactor pressure vessels, steam generators and reactor pressurizers.

Areva identified Millstone Unit 2, which operates with a pressurizer manufactured by Areva, in an ongoing global controversy concerning a loss of control of the manufacturing process as well as quality control documentation and potentially forged, falsified or incomplete quality control reports.

Such deficiencies in the manufacturing process may weaken steel components critical to continuous nuclear operations, leaving them vulnerable to rapid tearing, fracture and catastrophic failure during operation.

In addition to Millstone, three other nuclear reactors operated by Dominion (North Anna 1 and 2 and Surry 1, all in Virginia) were identified by Areva as having potentially defective parts.

The NRC is providing a telephone bridge line for interested members of the news media to listen in to the meeting and raise questions. Contact Merrilee Banic at

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Bloomberg News Probes Millstone Bailout Plea

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Dominion’s Nuclear ‘Bailout’ a Do-or-Die Moment for Opponents

By Jonathan N. Crawford

(Bloomberg) — Environmental groups opposed to subsidies
for nuclear power may be facing a do-or-die moment in

Lawmakers there want to help Dominion Resources Inc.’s
Millstone plant, a move they say is needed to preserve jobs and
maintain the generator’s zero-emissions power. Dominion is
lobbying for the aid, though it hasn’t said the station faces
the kind of economic headwinds that led Exelon Corp. to announce
plant closings in Illinois. Exelon ultimately won subsidies

Opponents say they fear throwing a government lifeline to a
generator that isn’t drowning would make it that much more
difficult to stop similar measures under consideration in places
like Ohio and Pennsylvania. States are mulling ways to prop up
nuclear plants as wholesale power prices collapse amid
competition from cheap natural gas-fired generation and a sharp
rise in renewable energy.

“You get that precedent set here and then it might become a
bad model that is easier to put in place elsewhere,” Bill
Dornbos, a senior attorney at the Acadia Center, an
environmental group, said by phone. “That’s a real concern. It
is a risky door to open.”

Concerns have already spread to the federal level, where an
agency that oversees power markets is set to review the impact
of nuclear resources subsidized for their carbon-free
electricity. Cheryl LaFleur, the acting chairman of the Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission, said this month that the
department will hold a discussion with states, companies and
power grid operators on such payments.

13-Year Low

Booming gas production from reserves in the Northeast
helped drive revenues in New England’s energy market to the
lowest in 13 years in 2016, according to ISO New England Inc.,
operator of the six-state market. Millstone will be just one of
two nuclear plants left in the region after Entergy Corp. closes
its Pilgrim station in Massachusetts in 2019 amid falling

State aid “is spreading like a bad Dutch Elm disease in the
forest,” John Shelk, president of the Washington-based Electric
Power Supply Association, said by phone. “The nuclear folks are
seeing an opportunity to get a little extra sugar in their
coffee at the expense of other people.”

Connecticut state Senator Paul Formica, a Republican whose
district includes Waterford where the reactor is located,
introduced legislation in January that he said would allow
Millstone to sell power to Connecticut’s utilities at above-
market rates. The measure, similar to a bill that failed last
year, is needed to preserve, “an engine of economic growth” that
provides jobs and supplies over half of Connecticut’s power, he
said in a statement.

“We often wait until the problem sits directly under our
nose, instead of taking proactive solutions to move ahead a year
or two before we actually see what’s happening,” Formica said by
phone. “Do we want to take that chance at Dominion?”

Entergy Shops More Nuclear Power Plants That It Plans to

Opponents of the Connecticut bill are reaching out to state
legislators and the consumer advocate, and planning protests at
the capitol, according to Nancy Burton, director of the
Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone.

“We shouldn’t give bailouts for a dying industry,” Burton
said by phone.

While Millstone isn’t at immediate risk of retirement, it’s
“certainly a potential outcome if power prices stay as depressed
as they are,” Dominion spokesman Ken Holt said by phone. “The
pressure on nuclear power plants across the Northeast is real.”

Federal License

Millstone, the state’s only nuclear plant, has commitments
to supply New England through at least 2020. Its two reactors
are licensed by federal regulators to run until 2035 and 2045.
The generator provides $1.5 billion in economic benefits
annually to Connecticut while supporting almost 4,000 jobs,
according to Dominion’s website.

Exelon and Entergy set a precedent for other operators when
in August they won subsidies totaling about $500 million a year
from New York for three plants. In December, Illinois approved a
$235 million-a-year lifeline for the Quad Cities and Clinton
nuclear facilities after Exelon announced plans to shutter the

“There’s a lot of concern about giving a big company like
Dominion extra money without proof on the table that they
actually need it,” John Flumerfelt, a spokesman for Calpine
Corp., a competing power generator, said by phone. “While some
plants were very much on the rocks, Millstone is not showing any
signs that it’s actually in that much trouble.”

To contact the reporter on this story:
Jonathan N. Crawford in New York at
To contact the editors responsible for this story:
Lynn Doan at
Jim Efstathiou Jr.

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CCAM Statement to Energy & Technology Committee 2/7/2017

February 7, 2017
Energy & Technology Committee
Connecticut General Assembly
Legislative Office Building
Capitol Avenue
Hartford CT 06106

Re: Proposed Bill No. 106 (“An Act Concerning Zero-Carbon Electric Generating Facilities and Achieving Connecticut’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Mandated Levels. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened: That Title 16a of the general statutes be amended to provide a mechanism for zero-carbon electric generating facilities to sell power to electric utilities. Statement of purpose: To provide a mechanism for zero-carbon generating facilities to sell power to electric utilities.”)

Dear Co-Chairpersons and Members of the Energy & Technology Committee:

I write on behalf of the Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone to oppose Proposed Bill No. 106, recited in its entirety above.

According to news media accounts, the proposed bill is intended to have exclusive application to Millstone nuclear power station, Units 2 and 3, owned and operated by Dominion Nuclear Connecticut, Inc., a division of Dominion Resources, Inc., headquartered in Richmond , Virginia.

However, Millstone Units 2 and 3 do not qualify as “zero-carbon [electrical] generating facilities” and the proposed legislation must therefore be rejected.

Among a host of other poisonous radionuclides, Millstone Units 2 and 3 routinely release to our air Carbon-14, a component of greenhouse gases. Carbon-14 is a radioisotope with a 5,700-year halflife; its biological hazard will persist for 57,000 to 114,000 years once produced inside Millstone’s twin reactor vessels. Carbon-14 can cause cancer, birth defects and genetic damage.[1]

Thus, not only do Millstone Units 2 and 3 routinely release greenhouse gases in the form of Carbon-14, a contributor to global warming; Millstone’s releases have the added characteristic of being radioactive, long-lived and hazardous to health.

Do not doubt Millstone’s routine releases of Carbon-14 to our air.

We direct your attention to Dominion’s own website ( wherein the company devotes a section to “Millstone Atmospheric Radiation Releases.”[2] We attach a copy for your convenience.

In its projections for planned radiation releases to the atmosphere during the current month of February 2017, Dominion acknowledges continuous releases of Carbon-14 from Millstone Unit 2 and Unit 3 ventilation throughout the month.

Millstone’s electric generation is not “zero-carbon”; the General Assembly should not enact bogus propaganda of the nuclear industry into law.

Case closed.

To the extent that the Proposed Bill No. 106 has other intended consequences, they are not spelled out. Proposed Bill No.106 is an unfortunate poster child for stealth legislation.

Members of the Committee have made no secret to the news media of their intention with regard to this bill – to grant Dominion’s representatives and lobbyists’ their unjustified wishes: to enact legislation to guarantee Millstone’s longevity and profitability. However, they have withheld this intention from the language of the bill and thus made a mockery of the “public hearing” process.

What is the basis for Dominion’s request for such a law?

Millstone is profitable; the parent company, Dominion Resources, Inc., operates with robust profits. It is not the proper mission of the state legislature to make a profitable private enterprise reap even greater profit at public expense, particularly where, as here, the company conceals its books from the public.

We offer these further comments:

(1) The State of Connecticut should not guarantee profits over decades for the dirtiest technology known to humankind when its citizens demand development of safe, clean, green sustainable energy for themselves and their families and future generations.

We present the Committee with Dominion’s most recent annual reports of its radiological releases to our air and water. That is, the air we breathe, and the Long Island Sound, its water discharge site surrounded by fishing grounds and public beaches that attract young children and pregnant women who are most vulnerable to the health effects of Millstone’s ionizing radiation.

They are entitled “”Dominion Nuclear Connecticut , Inc. Millstone Power Station[3] Units 1[4], 2 and 3 – 2015 Annual Radiological Environmental Operating Report” (80 pages) and “Dominion Nuclear Connecticut, Inc. Millstone Power Station Units 1, 2 and 3 – 2015 Radioactive Effluent Release Report” (226 pages). These summaries are based on engineering estimates, not actual measurements. The public will not know until 2019, when the reports covering the year 2017 are scheduled to be submitted to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Connecticut ’s DEEP, what levels of radioactivity Millstone is estimated to release to our air and water this year. There is no actual measurement of levels of Carbon-14 released to our air and water.

We particularly draw your attention to the “List of Tables” of the Radioactive Effluent Release Report, pages 8 through 50. It makes for unnerving reading. For example, Dominion reports 45 “containment vents” at Millstone Unit 2 over a period of more than 100 hours during 2015 and “abnormal” and uncontrolled gaseous releases of radiation from Unit 2 attributed to a defective fuel bundle.

Millstone Unit 3 vented radiation from the containment on 223 occasions during 2015 for more than 76 hours. If you swim at the public beaches in Waterford or East Lyme and beyond, or eat fish caught in Niantic Bay and Jordan Cove and beyond, you may wish to deflect your attention from Section 2.2 (“Liquid Effluents”), which details continues radioactive releases from the Millstone reactors to Long Island Sound. Do resist that impulse, because as state legislators you are the protectors of our lawful right to clean air and clean water and the health, safety and security of the people of Connecticut.

You may prefer to ignore that “solid waste and irradiated comp-onent shipments” to South Carolina and elsewhere in 2015 – the transport of which burns up fossil fuels – from defunct Unit 1 contained deadly radioisotopes of plutonium (Pu-238 and Pu-239). Plutonium-239 has a half-life of 24,100 years. But you must consider a transport accident on I-95 in your shoreline communities involving Pu-239 as you consider to artificially prolonging the lives of the Millstone nuclear reactors: Remember that Dominion is not required to be self-insured for the full scope of such an accident.

Please also note Dominion’s acknowledgment through its 2015 annual reports of radiological effluent releases that Carbon-14 appears prominently.

The present proposed bill does not demonstrate that Connecticut is friendly to business, as some legislators have told the news media. It demonstrates that Connecticut is friendly to Dominion but unfriendly toward the health, safety and welfare of its residents and businesses devoted to safe, sustainable green energy.

(2) Dominion has publicized several studies it commissioned to make the case that it contributes to the state’s economy. Oddly, the studies do not give Millstone credit for the phenomenally profitable boon that has occurred in the cancer care industry since Millstone Unit 1 went online in 1970. Prior to Millstone, southeastern Connecticut did not have a cancer center. Before long, a cancer center opened at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in New London. The increasing demand for cancer care in New London County has been so pronounced that cancer care services have expanded into separate large and hugely profitable facilities in the area.

(3) The bill apparently intends to vest in DEEP the power to award Dominion with profitable long-term contracts for sales of its electricity. DEEP has a conflict of interest. It is allowing Millstone to operate on a long-term basis on an illegal water discharge permit. The Coalition anticipates that the Connecticut courts will invalidate the current permit in short order. See Burton v. Commissioner, 323 Conn. 668 (released December 13, 2016 ).

(4) In California , the San Onofre nuclear power plant has recently closed. It is anticipated that substitute power will be provided by renewables and a heightened emphasis on energy efficiency and conservation. If it can be done in California , it can be done here.

We request that the Committee convene a second public hearing on Proposed Bill No. 106 should it be amended from its current skeletal version.

In the meantime, we invite you all to attend and participate in a special information event, co-sponsored by the Coalition, featuring nuclear industry economics expert Tim Judson, executive director of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, on February 18, 2017 at 6 PM at the Connecticut Forest & Park Association, 6 Meriden Road , Rockfall CT. A flyer describing the event is attached. Admission is free and open to the public.


Nancy Burton
Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone
147 Cross Highway
Redding CT 06896

About the Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone

The Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone was founded in 1998 to serve as a community watchdog and to engage the public in education on nuclear issues. We have brought to light numerous failures of nuclear safety and security at Millstone, including:

  • Northeast Utilities’ “loss” of two highly radioactive spent fuel rods from Millstone (never recovered),
  • Dominion’s deliberate disabling of its security perimeter fencing after 9-11 to save money, according to a Millstone human resources whistleblower, whose allegations were subsequently confirmed by federal authorities after Dominion fired the whistleblower.
  • Dominion’s refusal to accept a taxpayer-funded waterborne barrier positioned in front of Millstone’s three intake structure to deter terrorists (similar to the waterborne barriers on the Thames River protecting the U.S. Navy’s nuclear submarine fleet) in defiance of a directive to do so by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
  • The presence of high levels of strontium-90, strontium-89, cesium-134 and cesium-137 – all carcinogens – in dairy goats grazing five miles northeast of Millstone, and the discovery of a radioactive fish in Niantic Bay..
  • We were instrumental in the passage of P.A. 08-20 (C.G.S. §22a-135(c)) requiring Dominion to post on its website notice in advance of planned radiation releases from Millstone to the air.
  • On December 13, 2016, the Coalition’s campaign to stop Millstone’s 24/7 discharges to the Long Island Sound of toxic and radioactive materials and a thermal plume won a landmark victory in the Connecticut Supreme Court, Burton v. Commissioner, 323 Conn. 668.

[1] For in-depth analysis of routine releases of Carbon-14 to the environment by nuclear reactors, see “Additional comments of Beyond Nuclear on Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources – EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602,” We also attach “Routine Radioactive Releases from U.S. Nuclear Power Plants,” also available at

[2] Dominion is required to post on its website advance notice of planned radiation releases from Millstone to our air pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes §22a-135, enacted in 2008 at the recommendation of the Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone. See attached “About the Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone.”

[3] Shortly after its purchase of the Millstone Nuclear Power Station in 2001, Dominion officially petitioned the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to delete “Nuclear” from its official name. The petition was granted.

[4] Although Millstone Unit 1 stopped producing electricity in 1995 and is economically defunct, it continues to continuously release radioactivity to our air and water. See attached “Millstone Atmospheric Radiation Releases.”

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Public Hearing! Speak Out Against the Legislative Mischief!

Public hearing on Dominion’s Stealth Bill to Guarantee Millstone’s Future Long-Term Profits, which would hurt ratepayers and impede development of clean renewable energy.

Say No! to this folly!

Proposed Bill No. 106
Energy and Technology Committee
Room 1D
Legislative Office Building, Capitol Avenue, Hartford CT
Tuesday February 7, 2017
At 1:00 PM

*Sign-Ups to speak beginning at 10 AM

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