Shutdown of Seabrook Station and Permanent Disposal of Nuclear Waste

Shutdown of Seabrook Station and Permanent Disposal of Nuclear Waste

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Alec Girouard started this petition to Governor Chris Sununu and

Please support the shutdown of Seabrook Station. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission defines two emergency planning zones around nuclear power plants: a plume exposure pathway zone with a radius of 10 miles, concerned primarily with exposure to, and inhalation of, airborne radioactive contamination, and an ingestion pathway zone of about 50 miles, concerned primarily with ingestion of food and liquid contaminated by radioactivity. After the incident at Fukushima, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission advised the American Embassy to have Americans evacuate at a 50-mile radius from the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Meanwhile, for Seabrook, the evacuation planning zone still remains at a mere 10 miles from the reactor. The 2010 U.S. population within 10 miles of Seabrook was 118,747, an increase of 10.1 percent in a decade. The 2010 U.S. population within 50 miles was 4,315,571, an increase of 8.7 percent since 2000. If an earthquake or any other incident were to affect the reactor, and emergency systems failed, these people would be endangered, not to mention the long term effects on their health, and our environment this would cause. In 2006, the owner of the plant, FPL Energy Seabrook LLC, was fined $65,000 by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission since "both design of the system and testing procedures did not adhere to NRC guidelines". In February 2012, there were safety concerns about concrete degradation at the plant. Concrete surrounding an electric control tunnel at the nuclear plant had lost almost 22 percent of its strength and was showing signs of an alkali–silica reaction (ASR) because of more than a decade of ground-water infiltration, according to an NRC inspection report released in May 2011. In 2017, due to the steady drop in value of nuclear power plants including Seabrook Station, the town of Seabrook enacted a 9.9 percent tax increase to offset the decrease in tax revenue collected from the plant's owner, NextEra Energy. Due to a nationwide lack of disposal sites, waste from the station is stored in temporary sites. There are 193 fuel rod assemblies in the plant’s reactor and approximately one-third of them are removed every 18 months and placed in storage, initially in the plant’s spent fuel pool and then in large, concrete casks on site. Each assembly is made up of about 360 individual fuel rods and measures about 13 feet long and 6 inches wide, according to industry data. The danger of nuclear energy is too high, and the value and health of the station is on the decline. Shutdown of Seabrook Station must be viewed as an immediate issue. Due to a lack of permanent disposal sites, these sites must be created and a renewable replacement for the energy output from the station must be put into place to begin New Hampshire's safe future of clean energy. Support of this petition will gather attention from the man who can do the most about this issue, our New Hampshire Governor, Chris Sununu. Unfortunately, Chris supports New Hampshire's usage of natural gas and nuclear energy. On June 3, Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed a bill that would have increased the state’s cap on net-metered solar projects from 1 megawatt to 5 megawatts. The bill (HB365) had passed in the House 254-98 and in the Senate by voice vote. I urge New Hampshire Senate Majority Leader and 2020 Governor candidate Dan Feltes to support this issue, as he supports clean energy for New Hampshire. I also urge Massachusetts and Maine residents to contact their respective Governors, Charlie Baker and Janet Mills, as Massachusetts and Maine could potentially be affected by an incident. Thank you for your time.

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