About the Pilgrim Coalition

We are a non-partisan network of citizens and organizations dedicated to raising awareness of – and reducing – significant risks to public safety, health and our environment arising from the continued operation of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, located in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

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Unplug Pilgrim
“I applaud Pilgrim Watch and the other local Pilgrim Coalition members for keeping the pressure on Entergy and the NRC to address critical safety, health and environmental issues with regard to the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth. I am disappointed the NRC chose to move ahead and relicense the plant before resolving these issues. While the federal government is the primary regulatory overseer, I believe it is incumbent that we do everything we can to ensure nuclear safety at the state level to ensure that we shall never see a repeat of the Fukushima disaster on our shores. In particular I am concerned with the issue of spent fuel rods and radioactive waste. We need to accelerate the transfer of these fuel rods to safer dry cask storage. The Fukushima disaster showed the risk of storing radioactive nuclear fuel in indoor water pools. Entergy, as a private for-profit company has every right to turn a profit on its investment, but the safety of the workers at Pilgrim and all of the residents of the South Shore must always take precedence.”

Josh Cutler (State Representative, 6th Plymouth District)

PC Steering Committee

Anna Baker became concerned about the risks posed by Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station after the disaster at Fukushima, when she went to hear a talk by Pilgrim Watch at the Duxbury library. She was appalled that this was the first she had heard of Pilgrim's problems since she lives 20 miles from the reactor, and felt compelled to begin a broader educational effort so that the public could get involved. Anna is the chair and a co-founder of the Pilgrim Coalition. She lives in Marshfield with her husband and two young children. She has a Masters in Public Health.

Becky Chin has been a permanent resident of Duxbury since 1971 and prior an early summer resident of Marshfield for 25 years. She has chaired the Duxbury School Committee and the Duxbury Board of Health, and has been on several other Town committees'. She has been the Co-Chair of the Duxbury Nuclear Advisory committee for 10 years. Her interest in the operation of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant goes back to 1972, when it went on line. She has 2 married sons and 4 grandchildren, all residing in Duxbury.

Mary Lampert is the executive director of Pilgrim Watch, a non-profit organization that serves the public interest on health and safety issues regarding the Pilgrim NPS. She represented Pilgrim Watch in the adjudication process regarding Entergy’s License Renewal Application for Pilgrim Station (2006-2012). Mary also represented Pilgrim Watch in litigation regarding NRC’s Post Fukushima Orders alleging that the orders are insufficient regarding reliable hardened vents for GE Mark I and Mark II BWRs (EA-12-050) and spent fuel pools (EA-12-051). Over the past 25 years, Mary has regularly taken part in each of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) opportunities for public involvement: Licensing and Enforcement Proceedings (10 C.F.R. § 2.206). Mary has also been invited by NRC to participate on panels at NRC on issues representing the public interest. She serves on numerous state and public interest boards that focus on public health and safety issues pertaining to commercial nuclear reactors. Locally, Mary served as Chair of the Town of Duxbury Nuclear Advisory Committee (1990 to 2011), now Co-Chair (2011-2013). Mary has lived in Duxbury for 26 years.

Nancy Landgren has been a resident of Duxbury since 1991. She has been concerned about nuclear power since her high school years and now serves on the Duxbury Nuclear Advisory Committee. She lives with her husband, Bob Clark, and they have two sons who are living out-of-state while attending school.

Diane Turco is a retired special education teacher and lives in Harwich with her spouse, Tom. She is co-founder of Cape Downwinders. As a young mother of two children and learning of the threat from Pilgrim Nuclear to the public and the environment in the late 1980's, she began to work for public safety and continues to investigate, educate, and agitate for the closing of Pilgrim Nuclear in Plymouth.

Joe Waldstein has been a business owner & resident of Duxbury for over 25 years. Prior to the explosions & meltdowns at Fukushima he was aware of the threatening situation which Pilgrim presents to Southeastern Massachusetts but he remained on the sidelines. Subsequently, much to his chagrin, he realized that remaining inactive on this issue was no longer an option.

Arlene Williamson moved to Cape Cod in 2010 from the Hudson Valley in New York. She owned and operated a retail business in New York for 23 years and her long time dream was to retire on beautiful Cape Cod. The following year the catastrophic disaster occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station. The devastating event in Japan ignited her need to learn more about the near by Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station (PNPS) and was driven to get involved. She joined Pilgrim Coalition in its early stages and today leads Pilgrim Coalition’s media team and fund raising efforts. She lives in Mashpee, MA with her husband James. They have one grown son who lives in nearby Boston.

Member Organizations

Cape Downwinders

Cape Downwinders


Cape Downwinders is a non-profit community organization based on Cape Cod. We investigate, educate and agitate for the immediate closure of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth, MA. We take action to protect the lives and welfare of the residents, wildlife, our waters and the environment of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket and beyond against the threats of death or injury resulting from the use of nuclear energy at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant. Some of our actions include: Public presentations on Pilgrim with guest speakers such as Dr. Helen Caldicott, Senator Dan Wolf, former Prime Minister of Japan Naoto Kan among others. Also, ballot initiatives, stand-outs, protests, non-violent direct action and outreach to communities across the state and beyond. We work with legislative lobby teams to develop and support MA bills for public health and safety. We are affiliated with Boston Downwinders, MA Downwinders, Pilgrim Coalition and other regional and national groups. Our mission is to work for the immediate closure of Pilgrim.

Cape Downwinders Cooperative


To take action to protect the lives and welfare of the residents of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket against the threat of death or injury resulting from the use of nuclear energy at Pilgrim and other locations.

Cape Codders for Peace and Justice

Cape Codders for Peace and Justice


"Our mission is to actively promote and encourage democratic, multi-racial and non-violent decisions in all aspects of our nation's domestic and foreign policy. We join progressive individuals and organizations across the Cape, and seek to extend this cooperative alliance. By connecting, we learn from each other, help each other, and increase our effectiveness. Awareness, education and non-violent action are the tools we use to better understand and confront our nation's dominant institutions and powers.

Citizens Awareness Network


A non-profit, grassroots organization based in New England and New York. CAN works to create a renewable energy-based economy that will create a clean, prosperous future for communities throughout the region. By empowering people to take action, we have helped transform debates over energy, pollution, and environmental justice, and have played an instrumental role in reducing New England's use of nuclear power by over 33%.

Clean Water Action

Clean Water Action


A one million member organization of diverse people and groups joined together to protect our environment, health, economic well-being and community quality of life. Our goals include clean, safe and affordable water; prevention of health threatening pollution; creation of environmentally safe jobs and businesses; and empowerment of people to make democracy work. Clean Water Action organizes strong grassroots groups and coalitions and campaigns to elect environmental candidates and solve environmental and community problems.

Concerned Neighbors of Pilgrim

Concerned Neighbors of Pilgrim


We are neighbors of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Our mission is to ensure that its dry cask nuclear waste storage facility is built and operated to the best possible standards.

Davistown Museum


The Davistown Museum is a regional history, tool, and art museum in the hill country of central coastal Maine. The missions of the Museum are:

  • To recover, display, and interpret the hand tools of Maine and New England’s maritime culture.
  • To serve as a clearinghouse for information on the history of hand tools and their role in the early industries and technologies of Maine and New England.
  • To increase community awareness of and access to information on local, regional, Native American, and environmental history.
  • To provide a forum for contemporary Maine artists to exhibit their work and create an environment that is an ongoing installation of conceptual, assemblage, abstract, and traditional art in juxtaposition with the exhibition of tools as both historical and sculpture objects.


Environment Massachusetts


A statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization. Defending our environment requires independent research, tough-minded advocacy and spirited grassroots action. Together with thousands of supporters from all walks of life, we take the kind of action that wins tangible results for our environment.


First Parish Unitarian Universalist Churches (Social Justice & Action Committees)

Plymouth: firstparishplymouthuu.org
Duxbury: duxburyuu.org
Brewster: firstparishbrewster.org
Barnstable: barnstableuu.org/outreach/justice.html

Jones River Watershed Association

Jones River Watershed Association


The Jones River Watershed Association is a non-profit, member-based organization established to protect, enhance, and restore the natural resources of the watershed and its extended ecosystem though advocacy, protection of sensitive riparian lands, habitat restoration, and infrastructure improvements.

Cape Cod Bay Watch

Cape Cod Bay Watch


Cape Cod Bay Watch is a program of the Jones River Watershed Association, and is dedicated to protecting the species, habitats and health of Cape Cod Bay. Work includes stopping Entergy’s pollution and destructive once-through cooling water operations at its nuclear reactor in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

La Comunidad of Everett



Massachusetts Peace Action


A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to develop the sustained political power to foster a more just and peaceful U.S. foreign policy.


Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group


MASSPIRG takes on powerful interests on behalf of consumers in Massachusetts, working to win concrete results for our health, safety and financial security. Since 1972, we’ve been a voice for consumers, countering the influence of big banks, insurers, chemical manufacturers and other powerful special interests. Our team of researchers uncovers the facts; our staff bring our findings to the public, through the media as well as one-on-one interactions; and our advocates bring the voice of the public to the halls of power on behalf of consumers.


Massachusetts Sierra Club


The Sierra Club is the nation’s oldest and most effective grassroots environmental organization. Here in Massachusetts, your local chapter has a 40-year legacy of protecting the environment with successful legislative, advocacy, and educational campaigns.

New England Jewish Labor Committee


No More Fukushimas

No More Fukushimas is a grassroots organization comprised of people who live within and beyond the evacuation zone surrounding Seabrook Station. Our mission is keep the public and elected public officials informed about a range of safety issues at Seabrook Station. We have recently broadened our mission to include supporting the concerns of those who are affected by the Pilgrim plant. Our goal is to shutdown both nuclear plants. We conduct no fundraising, are comprised of volunteers, and we have no paid staff. As our name implies, we remind the public that nuclear incidents can and do occur at nuclear plants.

Occupy Falmouth

occupyfalmouth.com on Facebook

We are the 99%. We will not be silenced. We occupy for economic justice. We seek representation for all through occupation. We work toward truth and justice, not privilege and power. We will achieve our objectives peacefully and with resilience, dignity, and courage. We will not be co-opted by any political party. We affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every individual. We will work for human rights for all.

On Behalf of Planet Earth

on Facebook

A group of individuals, organizations, and spiritual communities all dedicated to stopping all nuclear power now. We stand in solidarity with the people of Japan, who rally weekly at the house of their PM, Abe, and have asked people worldwide to join them. We stand in solidarity with the 100,000 people who have signed a petition to the Secretary General of the UN, imploring the UN to allow an international team of experts - scientists and engineers - to work on the Fukushima tragedy, which is an international emergency of the highest order. The situation is extremely dire now with Unit 4, and TEPCO and the Japanese government have said they will begin working on this mid-November 2013. We stand to demand the immediate shut down of Pilgrim in Plymouth, MA. Pilgrim is the same kind of nuclear power plant (NPP) as Fukushima - GE MARK I. General Electric. We stand to let the world know that FUKUSHIMA IS HERE NOW. If not us, who? If not now, when?


Pilgrim Watch


A grassroots organization that serves the public interest in issues regarding the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.


Safe and Green Campaign (MA)


An urgent, grassroots, people-powered effort to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor on March 21, 2012.

South Shore Citizens for Peaceful Solutions

on wiser.org


Suffolk University Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights


The Center for Women's Health and Human Rights (CWHHR) at Suffolk University is the first academic institute in the United States to focus on women's health and human rights in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and public policy. Founded in 2003, the CWHHR is committed to furthering the dignity and wellbeing of women and girls everywhere by exploring and extending the linkages between women's health and human rights.


Toxics Action Center


Toxics Action Center’s mission is to work side-by-side with communities, providing you with the skills and resources needed to prevent or clean up pollution at the local level. Since 1987, we have organized over 625 communities across New England to put together the plans and strategies to effectively solve the problems they face. In doing so, we train neighbors to not only defend their health and safety, but to think strategically and come together for proactive, positive change. In our 23 year history, we have helped win hundreds of campaigns to protect the health of citizens and neighborhoods across the region.


Union of Minority Neighborhoods


The mission of the Union of Minority Neighborhoods is to confront threats to civil liberties and human rights by working to ensure skilled, committed, grassroots leaders of color can effectively organize on issues of concern in their communities. UMN is a multi-issue and hybrid organization. Based in Boston, we bring our mission to life by supporting emerging leaders and broad-based coalitions.


Veterans for Peace, Cape Cod (Corporal Jeffrey M. Lucey Chapter 041)


"To end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons."


Women's International League for Peace and Freedom


The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom was founded in 1915 during World War I, with Jane Addams as its first president. WILPF works to achieve through peaceful means world disarmament, full rights for women, racial and economic justice, an end to all forms of violence, and to establish those political, social, and psychological conditions which can assure peace, freedom, and justice for all.

Sign Our Petition

The NRC has officially designated Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant as 1 of the 3 worst reactors in the country. Sign our petition to state legislators to demand that the NRC shut down Pilgrim immediately.

Contribute to PC

Your support will help us continue our efforts to inform and engage the public about issues that pertain to the threats of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. Check donations can be made out to “Pilgrim Coalition” and mailed to: 1009 Union Street, Marshfield, MA 02050