In funding spat, Duxbury cancels disaster training

Duxbury officials have canceled all training for a nuclear emergency amid a quarrel over the amount of preparation funding Pilgrim nuclear power plant’s owner Entergy should provide the town. The town last week notified state emergency officials of its decision to cancel the training because its training funds have run out, according to the Duxbury Nuclear Advisory Committee.

Nuclear power plant operators are required by federal regulations to help fund local nuclear emergency preparations plans in communities located within the 10-mile radius of the emergency planning zone, such as Duxbury. Nuclear Advisory Committee co-chairwoman Rebecca Chin said Entergy last year promised $187,000 in annual funding for five years, but a new administrator reneged on that agreement and offered the town less. In response, the town’s emergency director, Fire Chief Kevin Nord, canceled all the training sessions, she said.

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