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A 56-year-old nuclear security officer at the Millstone Power Station has been charged with the murder of his wife and is being held on $1 million bond, according to statements made in court Tuesday.
James F. Hodgdon is accused of shooting and killing his wife, Dianna Hodgdon, 58, at the couple’s home at 6 Forestview Drive in Norwich on Labor Day.
According to a police report, James Hodgdon admitted to shooting his wife in their garage as they wrestled for control of a loaded shotgun after arguing all day. He told police that he had contemplated suicide, and had called his supervisor at the Millstone Nuclear Power Station, where he worked as a security guard, and said that if he didn’t show up at work, there were letters in his locker to be sent out. He also posted a “goodbye” on his Facebook page, according to the report.
Unit 1 began commercial operation in December 1970, and ceased operating in July 1998. It is being decommissioned. Unit 2 began commercial operation in December 1975, and it generates 869.5 megawatts. Unit 3, which began operating in April 1986, generates 1,210 megawatts. Dominion acquired the station in March 2001.
Situated three miles west-southwest of New London, Millstone was named after the site’s historic granite quarry that produced high-quality millstones and structural building granite.
Below are links to Connecticut’s nuclear power plant emergency preparedness guide for the general public. It contains information about nuclear power plants and specific emergency planning information for Millstone Power Station. You can also visit the Connecticut emergency site.
About The Environment
Continuing studies show that Millstone has very minimal effects on the environment. A radiological monitoring program has shown virtually no environmental impact from operation of the station.
Read our Media Manual for general information on the station, nuclear power, radiation, plant components and systems, emergency procedures, security and much more. If you have questions about Millstone or want to know where to find information about nuclear energy, call (860) 444-5797. Also consider our educational programs.
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- Site map for deliveries or vendors meeting station personnel.
- Site map for visitors coming to the training building for events.