ENTERGY: Selectmen, legislators discuss Emergency Planning Zone
PLYMPTON — The fight to be part of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant’s Emergency Planning Zone is not over. The Plympton Board of Selectmen met with representatives of Entergy, Sysco and state legislators Friday, Jan. 20, at Cordage Park to discuss the ongoing matter. Board of Selectmen Chairmam John Henry met with state Rep. Tom Calter, State Senate President Therese Murray, representatives from the offices of Senators John Kerry, Scott Brown and Rep. William Keating, the CEO of Sysco, Police Chief Patrick Dillon and five representatives from Entergy.
For more than a year the selectmen have been working to get the town included in the Emergency Planning Zone. The selectmen are asking to be part of the EPZ due, in large part, to Sysco moving into town, bringing more than 850 workers with them. The Emergency Planning Zone is the 10-mile area around the power plant. Currently, the zone includes Plymouth, Kingston, Duxbury, parts of Carver, and a small portion of Marshfield. Though not included currently, parts of Plympton, including the Sysco site fall within the 10-mile radius of the plant.
The 10-mile area around any power plant is the most susceptible to radiation and a radioactive plume during an emergency according to FEMA. The EPZ is an area where there are detailed plans in place in case of an emergency, including evacuation routes and shelter locations.
In the hour and a half meeting Henry, the legislators and representatives of Entergy discussed the inclusion of Plympton in the EPZ, as well as concerns about evacuation routes that go through Plympton from other towns.
Several member towns of the current EPZ including Carver, Kingston and Plymouth all have evacuation routes that run through the back roads of Plympton. With a peak population of 252,000 within the EPZ over half would evacuate through Plympton while residents of Plympton would stay put. “We are attempting to get what is rightfully ours,” Henry said at the Jan. 23 Board of Selectmen meeting. “I think we got the right people there.”
Henry said that the town is not only looking to become part of the EPZ but is looking for a solution to the evacuation routes running through Plympton, which would cause severe traffic in the event of an evacuation. “There are a lot of inconsistencies in this traffic plan,” he said. “It is a lot bigger than Plympton’s problem, it’s the region’s problem and it will be solved.”Keep reading