Power plant water discharge permit moves forward

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A Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) hearing officer recommended that the agency renew the water discharge permit for Millstone Power Station in Waterford with requirements that the plant operator take steps to better protect aquatic life and conduct an assessment of alternatives to the current water cooling system.

Under the proposed permit, Dominion would be allowed to discharge approximately 2.28 billion gallons of water a day into Long Island Sound. The water is discharged after being taken from Niantic Bay to service and cool the nuclear reactors used to generate electricity at the power units.

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