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KARL GROSSMAN

KARL GROSSMAN

Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman is seeking to get county government to commission a study on the heating of waters of the Long Island Sound and Peconic Estuary by the two Millstone nuclear power plants in Connecticut. The facilities are just 18 miles across the Sound from the Island. (more…)

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County Legislator Jay Schneiderman is calling for a study of Millstone power plant. (Courtesy photo)

COURTESY PHOTO | County Legislator Jay Schneiderman is calling for a study of the Millstone power plant.

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 two operating reactors. After it heats up, about 90 percent 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), who represetns Shleter Island, wants to better understand what, if any, impact that heated water is having on the ecology of the Sound and surrounding waters 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. (more…)