Residents seek removal of nuke plant barrier

A 300-ton electrical transformer, removed from the Connecticut Yankee nuclear power plant, is towed on the Connecticut River in Haddam Neck, Conn., Friday, Oct. 1, 1999. (AP Photo/Bob Child)

HADDAM, Conn. (AP) — State environmental officials are asking owners of the Connecticut Yankee power plant site to consider alternatives to a boom blocking access to a canal off the Connecticut River.

Dennis Schain, spokesman for the Department of Energy and Environmental Review, said the state asked owners of the site of the decommissioned power plant to consider alternatives such as removing the boom or moving it back.

The Day of New London reports that Connecticut Yankee installed the boom at the mouth of the canal at the nuclear plant that closed in 1998.

Norb Heil of East Hampton said an online petition calls for the boom’s removal.

Connecticut Yankee spokesman Robert Capstick said the boom is in the same spot as when the plant operated and improves safety and security.

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Information from: The Day

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