Annual NRC Meeting with Pilgrim Management
On Tuesday, March 21st, the NRC returned to Plymouth to provide their conclusions from the recent inspection to the management team of Pilgrim in an open meeting. To summarize in two words, the meeting was disappointing and predictable.
Despite the litany of problems that Pilgrim has experienced, the NRC concluded that it is ‘safe’, while admonishing the management team to improve their safety culture. Donald Jackson, the author of the now infamous NRC memo so critical of Pilgrim that was inadvertently released to the public, said that it takes 3 to 5 years to change a safety culture. So with only two years left to operate, it can only be concluded that the safety culture at Pilgrim will never reach the level where it should be.
Several members of the Cape Massachusetts legislative delegation spoke asking the NRC to close Pilgrim now. Representatives from Senator Warren’s office and Representative Keating’s office, and Attorney General Healey’s office also urged the closure of Pilgrim. That was followed by nearly two hours of public comments, all but a handful of which were very critical of Pilgrim.
No one expected a different outcome, but if there was a bright spot in the evening, it was how engaged our elected officials were in their unanimous opposition to keeping Pilgrim open. Thanks to all of them!
PLAC is a small, all-volunteer organization and even with the NEGEF grant, we need additional funds to continue educating the public about the dangers of Pilgrim and working with our State legislators to put pressure on Entergy to close Pilgrim and decommission it safely and as quickly as possible. More information and updates are on PLAC’s website >>