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Goldlin, Jan (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Volume 80, Number 5 (March 1976)

Schlicht, Lauren
Weighing Koshkonong technology against ecology,   pp. 8-9


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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
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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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