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Connecticut Nuclear Power Plant To Review Disaster Plans

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Millstone Nuclear Power Plant (credit: nrc.gov via Dominion Energy)

Millstone Nuclear Power Plant (credit: nrc.gov via Dominion Energy)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) – An official at Connecticut’s only nuclear power plant says it will be reviewing its disaster contingency plans in light of the crisis surrounding Japan’s crippled reactors.

Spokesman Ken Holt says the Millstone Power Station in Waterford is starting to pull together teams that will evaluate response plans for earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters.

For more on the situation in Japan go to CBSNews.com

The plant, owned by the power company Dominion and located at the entrance to Niantic Bay in southeast Connecticut, opened in 1970. Its two units generate about 2,000 megawatts of electricity, enough to power half a million homes.

The news coincides with concern from New York’s Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, regarding the Indian Point nuclear plant in Westchester County.

On Friday, Schneiderman sent a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission saying earthquake resistance should be taken into account when granting new licenses to its reactors.

The NRC said it would review the request and get back to the attorney general.

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