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Opinion

November 6, 2012

Study: Climate change threatens N-plant

To the editor:

With Sandy bearing down, it is a reminder that the U.S. has several low-lying nuclear plants on the Eastern Seaboard with minimal protection against inundation. Particularly with climate change increasing the likelihood of extreme weather, this threat to public safety should be remedied. In an Oct. 31 opinion piece to the Washington Post, Stanford University researchers stated:

“According to our data, the U.S. plants most vulnerable to inundation are the Salem and Hope Creek plants on the New Jersey border; the Millstone plant in Connecticut; and the Seabrook plant in New Hampshire … All are close to large cities — the Seabrook plant is about 35 miles from Boston. As points of reference, consider that the U.S. government recommended a 50-mile evacuation radius during the Fukushima disaster.”

Need we say more? Is there any justification for continuing the relicensing process for the Seabrook nuclear power plant until all safety issues — including sea-level rise and concrete degradation — have been addressed and resolved? We should listen much more to the warnings of the C-10 Research and Education Foundation, the Seacoast Anti-Pollution League, the Union of Concerned Scientists and No More Fukushimas and much less to the placating reassurances of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the PR fluff of the Seabrook operators.

Bruce Skud

Newburyport

Joanna Hammond

Amesbury

Co-founders, No More Fukushimas!

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