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Opinion

October 15, 2012

O'Connor Ives a strong voice on N-plant relicensing

To the editor:

We are fortunate to have a powerful voice for safety at the Seabrook nuclear power plant in Kathleen O’Connor Ives, a candidate in the First Essex District state senatorial race. As a Newburyport city councilor, Kathleen O’Connor Ives took bold action on premature Seabrook relicensing by co-sponsoring a resolution calling upon the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to the stop the Seabrook relicensing process to ensure safety in light of serious concrete degradation in safety structures at the plant, a resolution signed by the entire council and Mayor Donna Holaday.

During the campaign, O’Connor Ives has questioned relicensing the plant 20 years before its current license expires — before aging issues with the plant have fully surfaced. She also has voiced concern about safe evacuation, which has deeply worried area families for two decades, and particularly concerned residents this April when the Seabrook plant failed to notify emergency management officials of a simulated radiological release during a test conducted by the NRC.

As our state senator, Kathleen O’Connor Ives would prioritize public safety, as Rep. Mike Costello and outgoing Sen. Stephen Baddour have done. The people of the Massachusetts Senate First Essex District deserve an unequivocal voice to stand up for residents during the Seabrook relicensing process — we have that in Kathleen O’Connor Ives.

Joanna Hammond

Amesbury

Bruce Skud

Newburyport

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