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    Sunday, April 14, 2024

    Hyperscale data center bad for Waterford

    I have security concerns about the hyperscale data center proposed for Dominion-owned land with a direct connection to reactors 2 and 3. If allowed, it would be a target for terrorists and a fire hazard adjacent to both reactors.

    Regarding physical security, choosing the right location should be a primary focus when building a data center. There are certain areas that must be avoided because they present security and safety risks that can cause service interruptions or complete failures. These include power plants, areas within earthquake fault lines, areas prone to seasonal fires, flooding and where hurricanes are common. There are many causes for data center fires that can cause grave damage. Who will benefit the most from building a data center at Millstone? Not the residents of Waterford who love its natural resources, and nature preserves.

    The developers will not be around to hear the noise, observe the wildlife deterioration or face issues with our water temperatures that will endanger marine life. In terms of construction, it will take at least two years to build this data center which will make Waterford and East Lyme traffic a nightmare. Plus, when towers 1 and 2 are not producing as much energy as needed, Connecticut electric bills will soar.

    Caryn Kreitzer

    Waterford

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