State starts Millstone plant review for cooling towers

This aerial file photo shows the Millstone nuclear power facility in Waterford, Conn. (AP Photo/Steve Miller)

WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) — State energy officials have begun a review of Connecticut’s nuclear plant to decide if it will be required to build cooling towers.

The Day reports that the current permit expires Aug. 31 and allows Millstone to draw in more than 2 billion gallons of water a day from Long Island Sound to absorb waste heat generated by its two nuclear reactors. The heated water is returned to the Sound.

The towers recycle cooling water and eliminate the need for daily withdrawals.

Roger Reynolds, legal director of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment and Save the Sound, says cooling towers would protect fish and other marine life that get trapped and die in Millstone’s intake pipes.

Millstone spokesman Ken Holt said the plant uses “the best available technology” to limit the environmental impact.

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Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com

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