Jones River Watershed Association claims Pilgrim power plant endangers Cape Cod Bay life
Director Pine duBois spoke of her organization’s – and her personal – ongoing education on the unseen connections between the health of the river and the health of other connected bodies of water. They can remove dams and sources of pollution on the river, duBois said, but if the organization wanted to ensure the river’s health well into the future, it needed to look beyond the river to its headwaters, Silver Lake, and to its connections to Cape Cod Bay. Today that broader vision has brought the JRWA into conflict with a powerful corporate entity and the federal government.
The Association is asserting that the nearby Plymouth-based nuclear power plant has created a “killing zone” in Cape Cod Bay that not only affects the future health of the Jones River and its native species but the health of a wide variety of aquatic species, large and small, and the food they depend on to survive. The Watershed Association and Pilgrim Watch have jointly written to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) suggesting that the plant’s owner – Entergy Corporation – should not have its license to operate the Pilgrim nuclear power plant extended unless and until it upgrades the facility’s water cooling system. That license expires later this year, and Entergy has been engaged in a license renewal process for more than six years.Keep reading