Important Public Meeting with DEP and Entergy – please come!
New project at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station threatens the safety of our families, homes, and the environment
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 10 am
WHERE: Plymouth Town Hall, Mayflower Room, 11 Lincoln Street, Plymouth
WHAT: Entergy, owner of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, has been ordered by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to install a safety improvement for extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy (Applicaton W14-4157). Entergy’s project doesn’t pass the straight face test, is being done on the cheap, and won’t keep us safe. The State is holding a hearing about this project on November 18th.
WHY: We need you to SPEAK UP at this hearing to let State regulators and our elected officials know that this sloppy work is NOT OK.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-746-9400
Residents Seek Environmental Review of Pilgrim Nuclear “Fukushima Fix”
A group of twenty-two residents has asked the state Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs to initiate an environmental review of activities proposed by Entergy Nuclear Generation Co. (Entergy) at its Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station (Pilgrim) in Plymouth. In a petition to Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett under the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA), the residents say that such a review “is essential to prevent or mitigate damage to the environment.”
Entergy is seeking permission from the state to install an emergency cooling water system. It would involve pumping seawater from Cape Cod Bay into the reactor facility if an emergency caused Pilgrim’s cooling system to fail.
“After the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Pilgrim cannot operate safely during certain events such as high winds, snow and ice, extreme temperatures and seismic occurrences,” said Meg Sheehan, an attorney who signed the petition. “Entergy has to install certain upgrades including an emergency cooling water system requiring a state permit. There has been no environmental study of the impacts of the permit and the cooling water system. The “fail safe petition” provisions of the MEPA law give residents the right to seek such an environmental review and that’s what we want,” Sheehan added.
Janet Azarovitz, a petitioner from Falmouth, stated, “We are asking the state to step up to use its power to require an environmental study under MEPA. In an emergency event, Entergy’s so-called “fix” could discharge toxic pollution into our environment. The state has an obligation to assess the potential impact and explain how the project serves a proper public purpose and provides greater benefits than detriments to the public. I hope we can be assured that this is exactly what the state will do.”
Entergy has applied to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for a Chapter 91 Waterways license to do the work that is the subject of the residents’ MEPA petition. DEP will hold a public hearing on the Chapter 91 Waterways license application for the emergency cooling water system on November 18, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Plymouth Town Hall. The meeting is open to the public and all are invited to speak and address their concerns to the DEP.