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Save Cockenoe Now: The Sequel

Yesterday’s post on the fight to save Cockenoe Island from becoming a nuclear power plant brought an email from Abigail Burns.

She wanted to make sure that the contributions of her father — Richard Weinstein — are not overlooked.

Richard Weinstein

Richard Weinstein

A prominent lawyer in East Norwalk who died last year, he helped lead the charge against United Illuminating. With State Representative Ed Green, Richard played an important role in crafting legislation regarding first rights of eminent domain.

Richard’s involvement had far-reaching ripples. Alexander Adams — a founding member of the Nature Conservancy — asked him to join the fledgling organization. He served them for 0ver 40 years, including 2 stints as board chairman.

Abigail adds this fascinating postscript: The Fukushima nuclear power plant that continues to leak 300 tons of radioactive water a day — 2 1/2 years after sustaining heavy damage in an earthquake and tsunami — is the same type of plant that had been planned for Cockenoe.