Seacoast Radiation Monitoring.org
We are a dedicated and concerned group of citizens who live, work, and raise families in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire. An organization made up of local residents and scientists, we are raising funds to purchase and install a real-time radiation monitoring station to monitor radiation in our local environment.
Why we need this on the Seacoast:
Currently, there is no real-time monitoring of radiation emitted from the Seabrook nuclear power plant. The current systems that we as a community rely on are: 1) quarterly monitoring at locations in either close proximity (<0.5 mile) or distant proximity (>5-10+ miles) to Seabrook Station. By the time these samples are collected and analyzed, a release of radiation would have already occurred 3 months beforehand and, thus, the community exposed to high doses of harmful radiation, and 2) at Seabrook Station itself, the self-monitoring is done from high above the plant at the top of their 200-foot emissions tower or within their facility along various pipelines and waste storage systems, etc. The problem with this is that we are all relying on that equipment (which can fail) and there is no public access to this information. Should there be a release of dangerous levels of radiation, it may not be detected or there may be a delay in notification of the emergency response system.
Offsite minute-to-minute monitoring is needed because Seabrook Station does not have continuous, real-time monitoring of plant emissions at the plant perimeter or anywhere in the populated area around Seabrook Station. This system will fulfill that need and will operate continuously to act as an early warning in the event of any unusual release from the Seabrook nuclear power plant.
How the funds will be used:
We will use the money to purchase the equipment and software to run a real-time radiation monitoring station located in our community on the Seacoast of NH. The equipment consists of two types of sensors that measure radiation in the atmosphere and meteorological sensors that measure wind speed, direction, and temperature, a computer, and special software for the computer. The software runs the computer which collects real-time measurements every minute and transmits the radiation and meteorological data over the internet to a central repository. There, it is analyzed and monitored to detect any significant releases that would be harmful to the public and environment and/or trigger emergency response actions.