Plymouth: Pilgrim relicensing could be put on hold

Plymouth voters head to the polls this spring and could direct the NRC to suspend all re-licensing efforts of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant until safety improvements from the lessons learned at Fukushima, Japan are implemented first.

The petitioner, Ted Bosen, spoke to the Board of Selectmen urging them to allow the question to go to the ballot. But, he said that during much of the hour long discussion things did not look good: “It was clearly going down and something from the audience, somebody said something that clicked for them but it became clear I think that people want to be able to debate this issue and call Entergy out on it.”

An engineer from Manomet, Jay Ferguson, told the Board if they didn’t allow the question on the ballot he was ready to go get the signatures to do it: “It saves me a lot of legwork but Im actually a little disappointed because if I had the opportunity to go out and gather the signatures, it would have been campaigning for my cause.”

In the end, Selectmen unanimously approved the referendum question and directed the town manager to notify Entergy concerning the matter.

About Bobbi Clark

Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.