Connecticut voters say no to nuclear

The majority of voters in Connecticut oppose special support for the state’s only nuclear power plant. That’s according to the Connecticut Petroleum Council, which has released a new poll showing […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The majority of voters in Connecticut oppose special support for the state’s only nuclear power plant.

That’s according to the Connecticut Petroleum Council, which has released a new poll showing most (76%) consumers in the state do not want to pay more for electricity to help the facility be more profitable.

The survey, of 822 Connecticut registered voters, suggests 69% of citizens believe the state is on “the wrong track” in terms of energy policy and two-thirds are concerned about energy prices.

Around 59% believe electricity prices will be lower with competition, instead of the state government controlling electricity generation.

Approximately three-quarters of voters disagreed with the idea of special treatment for one company.

Connecticut Petroleum Council Executive Director, Steve Guveyan, said: “Consumers across the state have spoken loud and clear. 78% of voters across the state oppose legislation that would give the Millstone nuclear power plant ‘special treatment’ with ratepayers footing the bill.

“When 66% of Connecticut voters already think electricity costs are too high in the state, it makes no sense for any legislator in the state to support this misguided legislation.”

A portion of an underground tunnel containing rail cars filled with radioactive waste in Washington collapsed recently.