Goldlin, Jan (ed.) / Wisconsin engineer
Volume 80, Number 5 (March 1976)
Weighing Koshkonong technology against ecology, pp. 8-9
Weighing Koshkonong Technology Against Ecology by Lauren Schlicht "Until such basic questions can be adequately answered, no in- telligent decision can be made about the proposed Koshkonong plant." The Lake Koshkonong Nuclear Power Plant debate started in July of 1974. Since then it has been one of the biggest ecological controver- sies in Wisconsin, pitting scientists against environmentalists. Questions about the safety and need for nuclear power plants are being brought up again this time in Koshkonong township. The proposed plant is to be built on 1,410 acres of land in southwest Jefferson county, 30 miles southeast of Madison. Building will occupy 20 acres and an additional 73 acres will be in a fenced exclu- sion zone. Most of the remaining land, needed for security reasons, will be leased to area farmers. A large portion of the wooded regions will be left untouched by construc- tion. Four Wisconsin power com- panies, Wisconsin Electric, Wisconsin Power and Light, Wisconsin Public Service and Madison Gas and Electric are working together to finance the 1.2 billion dollar plant. Wisconsin Electric, holding the largest share, will operate the Koshkonong plant. Two 900 megawatt reactors are planned for the site. The plant is expected to run near maximum capacity for at least 30 years. The Koshkonong site was chosen out of 84 possible sites. It has both solid rock for foundations and an adequate supply of water from the Rock River. Being closer to the areas in southeastern and south central Wisconsin needing the most electricity, the electricity doesn't have to be transported over long -8- distances. Water for cooling will come directly from Lake Koshkonong. This has many area residents worried about the adverse effects of the plant on the lake. They fear recreation on the lake and it's shore will be affected. The Koshkonong plant will have three separate water systems, as do most nuclear power plants. Lake water will be used in only one totally enclosed system, leaving little possibility of radioactive materials leaking into the lake. Lowering the water level by removing water for cooling is of greatest concern. Of Lauren Schlicht is a freshman in Nuclear Engineering. She is following the footsteps of her grandfather and uncle, both graduates from this university.
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