Analysis Of The C-10 Research & Education Foundation Dataset
This research project represents a cooperative effort between the C-10 Research & Education Foundation and Plymouth State University’s Judd Gregg Meteorology Institute. The analysis suggests that emissions from the Seabrook nuclear power plant hit populated areas in New Hampshire and Massachusetts under certain meteorological conditions. This means that continued surveillance is warranted and may inform future health studies. Read the pdf version of the report
In late 1993, C-10 Research and Education Foundation (C-10) applied to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department for a Scientific Permit to research the potential effects of ocean discharges from the Seabrook nuclear power plant (Seabrook) on the surrounding marine environment. That permit was first granted for the 1994 year. The permit allowed C-10 to place Blue Mussels in cages in the vicinity of the cooling tunnel outfall for Seabrook.
The mussels were harvested in Maine only a day or two prior to C-10’s purchase of them from a local commercial source. They were placed in the ocean near the cooling tunnel outfall for Seabrook on the day of purchase, and left there over the course of the summer and into the fall. The mussels were harvested in the fall for analysis. A permit renewal was applied for and received in each year for 1994 through 1998. Only during 1994 and 1998 were we actually able to retrieve samples of mussels for analysis. During other years the lines and buoys attached to the cages disappeared during the 4-5 month summer/fall exposure period. Pending funding, we would like to initiate a more rigorous study of the effects of Seabrook on the marine environment.
To that end, we would like to obtain samples of mussels that have grown naturally in the area around the cooling tunnel outfall at Seabrook, rather than placing imported mussels there for a relatively short duration of time over the summer months. We also want to collect far-field samples from some distance north and south of the outfall for comparison. C-10 is the only grassroots organization that has conducted a mussel study in the vicinity of Seabrook.
Our concerns are the impact of radionuclides released into the ocean water by Seabrook on marine life and the food chain. We shared our study results with the New Hampshire and Massachusetts Departments of Public Health, and with local communities and the general public.