[ RadSafe ] New Hampshire citizens’ group to monitor radiation emanating from the Seabrook Power plant.
rwhelbig at gmail.com
Tue Jun 4 05:39:22 CDT 2019
https://www.c-10.org/ seems to me to monitoring the wrong thing,
that radiation monitors for Beta and Gamma radiation would be far less
effective in giving them any kind of useful information than air
monitors that are looking for specific radioisotopes. Am I wrong in
that thought? Thank you.
PS - If any of you have been watching the Mini-Series on Chernobyl, I
would really appreciate your thoughts about the series' accuracy in
portraying events. I am active on Quora where there have been
numerous questions about this, but I do not have HBO and have not seen
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New Hampshire citizens’ group to monitor radiation emanating from the
Seabrook Power plant.
by Christina MacPherson
Group looks to monitor Seabrook power plant radiation,
Seacoastonline.com By Karen Dandurant
news at seacoastonline.com
Jun 3, 2019 at 3:51 DURHAM -- A citizens’ initiative group is trying
to raise money to improve the capabilities to monitor radiation
emanating from the Seabrook Power plant.
Citizens Fundraising Effort for Monitoring in New Hampshire is a group
of New Hampshire residents who have launched an effort to raise funds
to expand the C-10 system into New Hampshire. A meeting at the Durham
home of Dudley Dudley, well known political activist, drew about 20
people, mostly current and past legislators and local politicians.
The group was formed by Natalie Hildt-Treat, executive director of
C-10, State Representative Peter Somssich, D-Portsmouth, and
Portsmouth resident Damon Thomas. The purpose for the meeting was
twofold, to explain the need for additional monitoring of the Seabrook
Power plant, and to ask for help in funding the initiative privately.
“I have been concerned about Seabrook from the beginning,” said
Dudley. “I was arrested there and I am still waiting for my speedy
trial. I am giving money to this and I ask that you all consider
giving generously, too.”
Natalie Hildt-Treat, executive director of C-10 Research and Education
Foundation, a pro-safety group based in Newburyport, Mass., said their
organization has been conducting 24-hour monitoring in the communities
within the 10-mile radius of the Seabrook Power plant since 1991 when
the plant went online.
“The Citizens Radiological Monitoring Network detects and records beta
and gamma radiation,” said Treat. “There are two types of radiation
releases. Gamma is the most penetrating and damaging to tissue. Beta
is more of an indicator, to let you know something is going
Treat said the monitoring done in New Hampshire currently, per the
requirements of the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) is cumulative,
using passive radiological monitoring film strips on poles, collected
over a three-month period in the towns. Only Portsmouth, Concord and
the plant itself have a form of real-time testing.
“I am told the reports from the three locations are sent to Concord,”
said Somssich. “I have asked to see the data. What has ever been
detected? My suspicion is nothing unless it’s a big releases because
the data is cumulative. I would still like to see the historic data,
but knowing I was irradiated three months ago does me no good. This
system we are proposing would monitor in real time.”
Treat said there are 23 communities within the 10-mile radius, six in
Massachusetts and 17 in New Hampshire.
“New Hampshire has never had public finding for monitoring,” said
Treat. “Seabrook monitors at the plan, per requirement of the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission (NRC). There have been past legislative attempts
to address this, and there was a bill this year that has been put off
to the next session. Since the Seabrook Power Plant was just
re-licensed to 2050, a decision was made to try and fund the
installation of monitoring systems in the New Hampshire town through
We are looking for funding to expand the monitoring from individuals,
organizations and municipalities,” Thomas said. “I am happy to say
that we have raised about $34,000 so far this year. We are trying to
secure pledges for the rest of the funding. So, we are holding
meetings to familiarize people with what we are doing and the reasons
Event sponsors for the night included Sen. Martha Fuller Clark,
D-Portsmouth; former State Rep Mindi Messmer, D-Rye; and State Rep.
Renny Cushing, D-Hampton.
To learn more, make a pledge or to get involved in the Citizens
Initiative, contact State Rep. Peter Somssich at 603-436-5221, or
staterep27 at myfairpoint.net, or visit www.C-10.org.
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