Millstone Power Plant Possible Threat to Sound
December 1, 2014
Suffolk Times: Each day, some two billion gallons of water are pumped from Long Island Sound into the Millstone Power Station in Waterford, Connecticut—that state’s only nuclear power plant—and used to help cool systems and support the station’s 2 operating reactors.
After it heats up, about 90% of that water is discharged back into the Sound at about 20 degrees warmer than when it was taken in, said Ken Holt, a spokesman for Millstone.
Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk) wants to better understand what, if any, impact that heated water is having on the ecology of the Sound and has reached out to researchers at Stony Brook University’s School of Atmospheric Science, hoping they can determine whether Millstone might be “overheating” the Sound’s waters.