At their meeting last night, the majority of Plymouth Selectmen were in favor of a non-binding referendum concerning the renewal of Entergy’s license to operate the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.
Resident Ted Bosen, speaking on behalf of a group of Plymouth residents, presented a petition to the Board for a ballot question that would call upon the NRC to suspend all re-licensing efforts of the Pilgrim Power Plant until Fukushima-based safety improvements are in place. These improvements resulted from the failures experienced at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant earlier this year when Japan was hit with an earthquake and tsunami.
Bosen clarified what the ballot question would address: “The question does not call for shutdown. The question calls for safety improvements. They can apply for temporary extensions to their operation and their license and the NRC can grant them. The NRC has the power to do that.”
Assistant Town Manager Melissa Arrighi commented that “the Board seems conducive to putting it on the ballot, but I think before we do that we put this on as an agenda item and have a discussion on how we should pursue that.”
The Board agreed to schedule a public discussion on the matter at a future meeting.