Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant, 1976-1989
In 1965 Long Island Lighting Company (LILCO) president John J. Tuomy announced the intent to open a nuclear power plant in East Shoreham on Long Island New York at LILCO’s annual shareholders’ meeting.
In June of that year, SHAD (Sound-Hudson Against Atomic Development) hosted a rally and march at the construction site of the Shoreham Plant. In June of that year, SHAD hosted a rally and march at the construction site of the Shoreham Plant.
Members of SHAD and dozens of local groups attended. After speeches and music by folk singer and activist Pete Seeger on a nearby beach, activists marched to the construction site.
SHAD dismantled in the early 1980s, but the local protest of the Shoreham Plant continued. In 1981, 43 percent of Long Island residents opposed the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant.
By 1986 74 percent of Long Island residents opposed the plant. Local residents continued to attend meetings and distribute fliers against the Shoreham Plant.
On February 28, 1989, New York Governor Mario M. Cuomo announced that the Shoreham Nuclear Plant must close. The governor and LILCO signed an agreement to shutter the plant, increasing taxes on Long Island residents to cover the $6 billion dollar costs of construction.
In 1992, Shoreham was fully dismantled without generating any commercial electricity.