L.I. Residents Want Conn. Nuclear Power Plant Closed

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – East end residents on Long Island want a nuclear power plant in Connecticut to be shut down.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs reports on residents’ concerns

Residents are rallying around an effort that would force the closure of Waterford, Conn.’s Millstone Nuclear Power Plant, which is located just across Long Island Sound.

“You have to see what’s going on in Japan. It’s obvious. You have to shut it down,” resident Jim Hennessey said. “Before I was kind of neutral about nuclear power because there was never any problem, but now it’s just too dangerous.”

A Suffolk County legislator is pushing the Connecticut evacuation plan to be expanded to include the east end hoping that would ultimately force the plant’s closure. One resident said evacuation here is a fantasy.

“No escape from the island really,” he said.

Another resident expressed concerns about Japan’s ongoing nuclear radiation scares.

“Every day we read the paper that the radiation has shown up further and further away from Japan so it’s definitely something to think about,” she said.

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