Waterford no better for data center than Groton
The editorial about building data centers at Millstone contradicts itself. The same reasons you backed Groton refusing them also exist with Millstone.
Proximity to water was cited. Millstone is surrounded by Long Island Sound and Cranberry Pond, vital to birds, fish, land species, and the quality of life of residents, fishermen and vacationers.
The Day states “this would chew up forestland in Groton.” Forestland habitats will be destroyed in Waterford. The Day suggests building on an industrial sight “instead of cutting down trees or squeezing near residential locations.” This is a neighborhood of retirees, family, and vacation homes.
The Day calls Millstone “a climate friendly power generator.” Data centers are not climate friendly. They consume and emit massive amounts of energy running 24/7; contributing to noise pollution, global warming, water issues, deforestation, destruction of habitats.
Tax revenue decreases. Millstone no longer pays taxes on the centers land, and centers are tax exempt. Area property values and their taxes will plunge.
This is a no win plan for Waterford, not the “Winner” the Day calls it.