MASSPIRG report claims nuclear power at plants like Pilgrim in Plymouth is too costly, too great a risk
PLYMOUTH — Representatives from MASSPIRG and the Environment Massachusetts Research and Policy Center, along with state and local environmentalists, gathered along the Plymouth waterfront Tuesday to discuss the release of a report that calls for the closure of nuclear power plants because of their risk to drinking water and other natural resources in the commonwealth and the nation.
The report was released at an outdoor ceremony held at the end of Manomet Point Road, within sight of the Pilgrim nuclear plant. MASSPIRG and Environment Massachusetts were joined by representatives from the Jones River Watershed Association, Pilgrim Watch and Pilgrim MUST.
“Nuclear power is simply not worth the risk,” MacKenzie Clark, field associate for Environment Massachusetts told the audience gathered behind the Manomet Lobster Pound.
“In addition to the Pilgrim nuclear power plant, here in Plymouth, we are concerned about all of the region’s nuclear power plants, including Vermont Yankee,” Clark said, “which has a deplorable safety record and is also within 50 miles of the Quabbin reservoir, the largest source of drinking water in New England.”
Almost 50 million Americans use drinking water from sources within 50 miles of active nuclear power plants – “inside the boundary the Nuclear Regulatory Commission uses to assess risk to food and water supplies” – the report states.
Among the top 10 largest water systems that have intakes within 50 miles of nuclear plants is the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA), which serves more than two million residents of the state.
The report warns against contamination from other incidents and/or sources within nuclear power plants as well, including Tritium, noting that 75 percent of U.S. nuclear plants – including Pilgrim – have reported leaks of this radioactive form of hydrogen.Keep reading