Public Meeting on Pilgrim

The NRC will hold a public meeting in Plymouth on Tuesday, January 31, 6:30-9:30pm at the 1620 Hotel Ballroom in Plymouth.   Details are here.  The night before, there will be a workshop with Dave Lochbaum of the  Union of Concerned Scientist (UCS) and Mary Lampert of Pilgrim Watch.

NRC inspectors were on the ground at the Entergy reactor in Plymouth for two weeks in December and returned January 8 for a final week of inspections. One of their internal memos was shared by email with our ally Diane Turco of Cape Downwinders. (We heard through the grape vine that Turco’s email address was grabbed when the author typed ‘Diane’ – intending it for Diance Screnci, NRC pubic affairs officer).  The NRC memo said, among other things:

  • “the plant seems overwhelmed by just trying to run the station.”
  • “indications of a safety culture problem that a bunch of talking probably won’t fix.”
  • “The corrective actions in the recovery plan seem to have been hastily developed and implemented, and some have been circumvented as they were deemed too hard to complete…”

That got Gov. Baker to finally join the MA Congressional delegation and local legislators in a letter calling for Entergy and the NRC to hold a public meeting on Pilgrim’s safety. The governor will send a staffer, but other elected officials are mighty riled up.

It has been a scramble keeping up with the troubles at Pilgrim, there have been so many. We highly recommend this new, interactive, multi-part series by Chris Legare in the Cape Cod Times. 

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