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Opinion

November 12, 2012

Seabrook Station built to withstand extreme events

To the editor:

Recently, a letter by Bruce Skud and Joanna Hammond appeared in The Daily News suggesting that the impacts of Hurricane Sandy and the “warnings” of three other anti-nuclear organizations are reasons to suspend Seabrook Station’s ongoing license renewal process.

While it’s common practice for the anti-nuclear community to use national emergencies and tragedies to shamelessly advance its agenda, we believe that area residents are entitled to the true, independently verified facts regarding Seabrook’s safety.

Seabrook Station is one of the newest operating nuclear plants in the country and was specifically designed to withstand extreme events such as earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, and fires.

For example, while Seabrook is built in a seismically stable area according to the U.S. Geological Survey, the plant is still designed to withstand a direct hit from an earthquake as strong as the one that occurred last year in Japan. Moreover, to protect against storm surges and flooding from storms such as Hurricane Sandy, Seabrook is built 2 miles inland behind woods and a vast marsh, is 21 feet above sea level and buffered by a protective wall.

Seabrook is operated and independently overseen by trained, credentialed nuclear professionals with decades of experience. The only agenda we have at Seabrook Station is to operate our plant safely each and every day.

Alan Griffith

Spokesman, NextEra Energy Seabrook Station

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