Citizens support Seabrook license renewal - 188 citizens, 369 responses

Aug 22, 2015

Seabrook Station operators NextEra Energy are currently seeking a renewal of the plant’s license that would extend operations from 2030 to 2050.  In light of this development, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) asked Facebook members, “Do you support or oppose renewing the license of the Seabrook Station nuclear power plant?” 

A total of 84% of respondents answered the question directly or with a concurrence, and of these a 72% majority said they would support extending Seabrook’s operating license with 28% opposed. Of the remaining respondents, 15% opted to discuss the subject in broader terms while 1% commented on unrelated issues. In sum, 188 citizens participated in the discussion with a total of 369 responses. 

Supporters cited Seabrook Station’s safety record, and questioned whether there was a better alternative for meeting New Hampshire’s energy needs. “It’s the safest energy out there and the cheapest,” one commenter wrote. “It is a safe facility and gives local jobs as well helps the businesses,” a respondent noted. “If we want energy independence, and want to get away from coal fired plants, we need Seabrook,” another argued. 

Opponents countered with descriptions of the potential risks and pitfalls.  “I've never been in favor of nuclear energy because there is no safe way to dispose of the waste it creates,” one said. “There are other ways and much safer ways to get the energy the people need,” another argued. “I can’t believe it ever started up,” one opponent stated. 

Those who opted not to give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to broader issues, questioned why the license needed to be renewed so far in advance. Others discussed how possible alternatives compared to nuclear energy. 

Click here to read the full Facebook discussion of this question. 


Peter White
- Nottingham

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 12:48pm

You have to be crazy to live near a nuclear power facility which spews radiation contantly and is an immediate threat for a regional catastrophy!!  The Fukushima nukes that melted down are GE Mark 1 units and there's a lot of them in the U.S.  They are NOT earthquake proof, tornado proof, protected against terrorist attacks or immune to human error, and any of these events can kill thousands of people and detroy huge areas of our Country.  What do we do with the radioactive waste, which is dangerous for thousands of years?  Stick our children and grandchildren with it?  No nukes are good nukes!!

Ed Thanet
- Peterborough

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 9:21pm

Seabrook Station is monitored constantly. Seabrook Power Plant (along with all other nuclear power plants in the world) accounts for no more than ~1% of global normal background radiation, this includes all historic accidents; NH residents get a higher radiation dose from the uranium and thorium naturally in granite rock and radon seeping out of the ground and far more from the natural decay of the carbon-14 in every cell of their bodies and the potassium-40 naturally embedded in their own teeth & bones. Nuclear medicine alone, on average, accounts for greater than an order of magnitude higher radiation dose. Natural exposure to sunlight (from the great yellow thermonuclear reactor in the sky -- the Sun) is easily 100 times more carcinogenic to the world's population than all the nuclear power plant accidents in history.
Seabrook One is a PWR, the (Fukushima) GE Mk 1 is a BWR designed in the 1960s; Mk 1 BWRs are no longer being built. The latest modern reactor designs are passively safe capable of natural re-circulation of coolant water.
No nuclear reactor accident could possibly kill as many people as the routine burning of coal and emission of particulate fallout. Coal fallout deaths now average >10,000 per year in the US alone. Historically coal fallout has killed on average more than 20,000 people/yr in the US over the past 50 years, over a million people. A greater mass of uranium and thorium is emitted as coal waste ash than all US annual nuclear energy fuel discharges -- over 2000 tons/yr -- not to mention the far more toxic quantities of mercury & arsenic in the coal.
Used nuclear fuel, aka "nuclear waste", is >95% the same uranium atoms nature originally buried randomly in the ground. This used fuel can be recycled many many times in order to extract 60 times more energy from a given mass of used fuel "waste". 4 billion tons of uranium is naturally dissolved in seawater, enough fuel to supply a world population of 10 billion people at US per cap rate of electricity demand for hundreds of thousands of years; this isn't even counting the even more plentiful thorium resource.

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