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There are 7 comments on the Newsday story from Jun 12, 2009, titled shoreham, mario cuomo, william catacosinos, richard kessel, pet.... In it, Newsday reports that:

Thirty years ago this month, more than 15,000 people converged on Wading River on a rain-soaked Sunday to protest what was to be Long Island 's first nuclear power plant under construction on the shores of Long Island Sound .

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Warren Liebold

Queens Village, NY

#1 Jun 14, 2009
A very interesting collection of quotations, but an important perspective was omitted. Shoreham, and the other 4-6 plants LILCO intended to build were placed in the mix at a time when the utility had also lost credibility concerning the future need for electricity. Nuclear power's increasing cost, which is still a factor today even with pre-approved designs and sites and streamlined licensing, led to a more sophisticated debate over the best way to meet electricity requirements. The debate over nuclear power was, and is justified and has several legitimate and differing perspectives but the underlying problem is that nuclear power was, and is not a simple magic bullet that will solve energy problems. The problems and solutions are far more complicated. More discussion of that debate would have been useful
Nickel and Dimed

Bellmore, NY

#2 Jun 14, 2009
Economic development on Long Island has been stunted for a generation because of these peoples decisions. We build a powerplant fuel it, run it, contaminate it and never use it to produce commercial power. Then we whine about our utility bills. Only in New York.
Blass Pain

United States

#4 Jun 15, 2009
I command Newsday for the portrayal of the factual chronology of the Shoreham Plant and the unfortunate actions of key politicians, most notably Gregory Blass, by creating public fear for no other purpose then selfish political gain. In particular what I find so abhorrent is that this man knew the energy crises that faced the country at the time, and continues to dog us to this day, and that he had also had full knowledge that young man and woman would continue to sacrifice their lives in the Middle East to protect our dependency of oil. The purpose of Shoreham, and every other Nuclear Power facility, is simple: to eliminate that foreign oil dependency safely. By shutting down Shoreham the bloodshed continued as the Industry stopped building plants as the financial risk was far too great as any hack politician could place a Utility in Financial ruin by the same political antics such as Gregory Blass contributed to. The end result for Gregory Blass was not for the good of the country and our children’s future it was for no other reason than securing political traction for a judgeship and to gain a nice civil service position such as he trying to do today as the recommended new Social Services Commissioner. To illustrate this point Gregory Blass states that “the iodine filters that were in the stacks were missing and there was no means to measure the actual release of contamination to the atmosphere” when in truth the iodine filters did not perform as designed because the charcoal filtering capacity was apparently partially expended prior to the accident. Required testing of filter effectiveness for the fuel handling building had been waived by the NRC. They weren’t “Missing” as Mr. Blass stated. Furthermore, as detailed studies of the radiological consequences of the accident had been conducted by the NRC, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (now Health and Human Services), the Department of Energy, and the State of Pennsylvania. Several independent studies have also been conducted. Estimates are that the average dose to about 2 million people in the area was only about 1 millirem. To put this into context, exposure from a chest x ray is about 6 millirem. Compared to the natural radioactive background dose of about 100 125 millirem per year for the area, the collective dose to the community from the accident was very small. The maximum dose to a person at the site boundary would have been less than 100 millirem.
The long and short Gregory Blass sensationalized this point and his whole platform which he must be held accountable for. It is not right for a man to do what he did by contributing to the shutting down of the Shoreham plant which directly related to countless deaths associated with the cancer clusters surrounding Long Islands Oil burning plants. Let alone, If Shoreham were operating today I truly believe the Nuclear Power Industry would have expanded enough to lessen our insatiable appetite for foreign Oil, thereby no fighting in the middle east….perhaps no 9/11?...Mr. Blass it’s all on you, really think about, I and many of my likeminded friends and family do, every day
I-Rate Patchogue NY

Bronx, NY

#5 Jun 15, 2009
Newsday's 'The life & death of Shoreham', by Mark Harrington (6/14/09) and the Long Island Press''Nuclear Waste' by Timothy Bolger and Christopher Twaroski (6/11/09) neglected to mention Long Island had a thriving, albeit secret, nuclear industry long before Shoreham was killed. In addition to three nuclear reactors in the Brookhaven National Laboratory there were many secret, Cold War atomic weapons projects that yielded lots of atomic waste destined for local landfills and incinerators. There was also nuclear medical waste and other radioactive waste they knew would contaminate Long Island’s drinking water. For proof see and supplemental well analyses listed in its footnotes. The Love Canal tragedy proves New York officials had little regard for life and that state and local governments could not be trusted to protect the environment from organized polluters, yet Newsday reports –without comment--:“Nov. 3, 1980 The Nuclear Regulatory Commission implements a rule mandating that nuclear plants have emergency evacuation plans formulated with state and local governments.” Did Newsday forget Katrina? Why would the NRC allow FEMA, one of the most corrupt and incompetent of all government agencies, to shift control of the fate of Shoreham from the federal government to Suffolk County, one of the most corrupt and incompetent counties in NY? Had the NRC retained jurisdiction and Shoreham been allowed to operate under increased scrutiny, Long Island’s clandestine atomic-industry would have been exposed, our drinking water would never have become radioactive, there would not be any acid rain from National Grid’s 53 power plants, and Long Island’s Cancer Pandemic would have been avoided. A few weeks ago I gave a copy of the May 13, 2009 NRC letter @ to Legislator Schneiderman and read its statement of concerns (pg. 3) into the record. These concerns are based on emergency accident/incident reports linked to and landfill health assessments that fail to consider radioactive water in explaining Long Island’s high cancer rates.(See related NEWS12 video @
). Hopefully, the Legislator will also ask the NRC to regain jurisdiction, albeit 29 years late, so that our grandchildren and their children will be fed non-radioactive water like I was 68 years ago.
Cancer Cluster Central

Seaford, NY

#6 Jun 15, 2009
Accountability from all involved with the closing of Shoreham? The Political Hack Pack that included a “wannabe President”, Mario Cuomo,“I deserve to be a judge at any cost”, Peter Cohalan,“I am righteous therefore you shall genuflect” Nora Bredes,“Steve Levy’s new Best Boy” Gregory Blass, and the leader Richie “Bag of Donuts” Kessel. They eluded such accountability all these years. Take note of the common thread of this group; self absorbed, self centric hacks that absolutely never had, nor ever will ,have self respect or credibility other then with their transparency of personal gain at the sacrifice of Long Islanders and our countries Health, Safety and Future. They should have a reunion with obama bin laden as guest speaker at the 50 year old Port Jefferson power plant to celebrate the beautiful condition they left us in.
I-Rate Patchogue NY

Bronx, NY

#7 Jun 16, 2009
Why didn't any of those interviewed mention all the lies and that the "PSC imposed an imprudence penalty of $1.4 billion dollars upon LILCO because of its mismanagement in building the Shoreham plant.", according to .
Information in these sections: "IMPRUDENCE AND MISREPRESENTATIONS", "HISTORY OF LILCO MISREPRESENTATIONS", & "LILCO/LIPA DEAL MISREPRESENTATIONS" indicate the LILCO d/b/a LIPA scam dwarfs Madoff's $65 Billion dollar scam.

Bronx, NY

#8 Jun 16, 2009
Interesting that many of these pro-Shoreham posts contain the same mutilated characters, (for want of a better term). Just sayin.......

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