So we have a proposed new power plant, Caithness II, that allegedly will cost $1.09 billion -- or maybe up to $3 billion when all of the financing costs are added in ["Price of power: Proposed Yaphank plant's costs could hit $3B," News, April 22].

I recall another power plant that was to cost $75 million. But by the time Shoreham was done and producing no power at all for Long Island, Gov. Mario Cuomo stuck Long Islanders with a nearly $6-billion bill that we're still paying off.

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Is it possible the costs of this new power plant are understated? Maybe it's déjà vu all over again.

Richard H. Staudt, Mount Sinai