Don't let the NRC set the Decommissioning Cleanup Standard for Pilgrim Nuclear - Protect the Commonwealth
The Statehouse has begun hearings
on bills related to nuclear power
signed by 215 people and sent to the
Massachusetts Dept of Environmental Protection
The Nuclear Decommissioning Advisory Panel (NDCAP) generally meets monthly, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Plymouth Community Intermediate School – Little Theatre, 117 Long Pond Road. Upcoming meetings and draft agendas SHOULD be posted here. The next meeting is January 17th.
The NDCAP subcommittee on PSDAR (Post Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report) and Decommissioning is not yet scheduled, but please check the above links for updates.
Pilgrim is expected to cease electricity production (and splitting of atoms) by June of 2019, and the greatest concern to the Commonwealth is shifting from the risks of emissions or an accident to decommissioning and radwaste. Decommissioning could take up to 60 years, and Pilgrim's spent fuel could remain onsite for hundreds of years or more. Educate yourself by viewing this slide presentation (compliments of PLAC members Mary Lampert and Jim Garb the Duxbury Nuclear Matters Committee).
How Unsafe is Pilgrim?
Smoking gun: After a week of an NRC team of 20 inspecting Pilgrim Nuclear, an email from the team leader states: "The corrective actions in the recovery plan seem to have been hastily developed and implemented, and some have been circumvented as they were deemed too hard to complete. We are observing current indications of a safety culture problem that a bunch of talking probably won't fix." And much more! http://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20161206/nrc-email-pilgrim-plant-overwhelmed
The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station represents
a significant hazard to all of Eastern Massachusetts
This aging nuclear reactor is the same flawed design as those at Fukushima. Due to frequent, serious safety failures, it has been downgraded by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to where it is considered one of the worst performing nuclear reactors in the country in terms of safety. An accidental release of radiation could occur due to equipment failure, human error, an act of terrorism, or a natural disaster, and could release a plume of radiation that would extend from Gloucester to Worcester, to Cape Cod and Providence Rhode Island, including Greater Boston. See the map.
The potential consequences of such an event are simply too great to allow Pilgrim to continue operations.