New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan witnesses a test in the simulated control room at Seabrook Power Plant on Thursday with senior reactor operator Dianne Strand. (GRETYL MACALASTER PHOTO)
Hassan tours Seabrook nuclear power plant
Hassan witnessed a training scenario in the plant’s control room simulator.
Hassan’s visit coincided with the release of an economic impact study completed by the Nuclear Energy Institute that showed the station has an annual economic impact in the state of about $535 million.
“Seabrook Station is a job creator and an important part of our state’s diverse energy portfolio,” Hassan said, adding that she expects it will continue to be part of that energy portfolio into the future.
During her visit, Hassan also highlighted the work of the 650 employees at the plant, and how it is serving to train the next generation of nuclear engineers.
Meghan Woods is a fire protection engineer who has been with the plant for three years. Both of her parents work in the industry, and she grew up near the Pilgrim plant in Massachusetts.
“We have the nuclear science and now we have the dollars and cents,” Robinson said about the economic impact study.
Woods was attracted to the area when she started looking for employment after college. Seabrook also offers high-paying jobs. According to the NEI report, workers at Seabrook make about double the average income of other workers in Rockingham and Strafford counties, where the majority of employees reside.
That visit came shortly before the first passenger commercial flight out of Pease International Airport in five years as Allegiant Air resumed twice weekly flights to Sanford, Fla.