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Nuclear monitoring goat stricken with cancer

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HARTFORD, CT (AP) -

Katie, a goat who was diagnosed with inoperable cancer after living near the Millstone Nuclear Power station, began her farewell tour on Monday to alert the public to the hazards of nuclear power.

The goat was supposed to attend a press conference at the Capitol in Hartford but was not allowed inside because she lacked the proper papers.

Katie was adopted by the Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone when it discovered that her milk contained excessive levels of radioactive strontium-90.  At 16 years of age she  has appeared at numerous rallies and events across the state, becoming a poster goat alerting mothers and others to the hazards of nuclear power.

She has appeared with Ralph Nader and on public-access television. She appeared at a rally at Millstone to support Sham Mehta, the Millstone whistle-blower fired by Dominion after he reported to the NRC that Dominion was routinely deliberately disabling its perimeter security system.

The state Department of Engery and Environmental Protects said it conducted a study and found that radiation Katie was exposed to is not the same kind of radation from the Millstone Power Plant.

On Monday, organizers met with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to share results of the goat's milk samples. Previously, her milk has tested positive for potent carcinogens that are associated with bone cancer and leukemia.

The conference will mark the goat's farewell tour that includes stops in Millstone and at the Indian Point Nuclear Power Station, located close to the Connecticut border.

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