Seacoast Radiation Monitoring.org

$705 of $9,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 22 months
Who we are:

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.

http://www.seacoastradiationmonitoring.org


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.
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$705 of $9,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 22 months
Created August 2, 2016
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$150
Lorraine Carey
18 months ago

The State and the power plant should be paying for this monitor.!!!

HM
$100
Herb Moyer
22 months ago
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This donation is made by the Seacoast Anti-Pollution League; I am the current President. Kudos to local citizens !!! The Seacoast Anti-Pollution League (SAPL) is the only citizen,501(c)3 (Tax-deductible) non-profit organization, founded in 1969 to legally intervene in the construction permit hearings, the operating license hearings, and the recent legal proceedings to deny the current owners of the Seabrook Station nuclear plant their unprecedented proposal to dangerously extend their operating license TO THE YEAR 2050 ! No commercial nuclear plant has ever operated beyond its 40 year design criteria. Seabrook wants to run for a total of 60 years. The concrete in many places in the plant is ALREADY CRUMBLING. During prolonged exposure periods, the metal in the reactor core and associated containment structures becomes brittle due to neutron bombardment. The Price-Anderson Act, passed in 1957 and re-authorized in recent years, absolves the owners of any nuclear plant accident the legal responsibility of compensating people and land owners damaged by such an accident. The first $12.6 billion of claims against a nuclear utility is their only legal responsibility; see details of the Price-Anderson Act here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Price%E2%80%93Anderson_Nuclear_Industries_Indemnity_Act The costs of both Chernobyl and Fukushima have already surpassed $200 billion and are still climbing. The nuclear industry is the ONLY industry that is virtually exempt from complete legal liability for damages to the public in case of a serious accident at a nuke plant in the US. In fact, the public would likely be on the hook to bail out the nuclear industry in such a scenario. Bring to mind any recent public bailout of private industry ?? Without the Price-Anderson Act, commercial nuclear power would not have survived, because the insurance industry would NEVER have underwritten the risks posed by the operation of nuclear plants. SAPL has now twice met with NH Governors and/or their staffs to discuss the need for NH government to establish multiple radiation monitoring sites that will provide real-time, independent, offsite, 24/7 radiological monitoring to assure the necessary public notification of any radiation releases to the surroundings. We cannot be expected to rely on the integrity of a private corporation to do anything but look out for its own best interests first. That puts us at serious current risk. Please visit the SAPL Facebook page and the SAPL website www.saplnh.org (currently being updated and re-designed) to learn more about SAPL's efforts to protect the people, businesses, and land values in the ME, NH, and MA seacoast areas.

LH
$25
Linda Haskins
22 months ago
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Love SAPL! Thx for your faithful stewardship of the seacoast.

EB
$200
Elisa Bolton
22 months ago
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Thank you for pulling this together. It seems like such an easy solution to help ease any fears or concerns or alert us to any potential significant threats.

KH
$20
Kate Helm
22 months ago
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Great cause. This is definitely needed in the seacoast area! We have a right to know what we are exposed to in our community on a regular basis. We need real-time monitoring of emissions from Seabrook.

$25
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22 months ago
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