Duxbury: Nuclear committee unhappy with NRC safety orders

Two weeks ago, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission prioritized safety regulations, that had been assigned to a task force to evaluate lessons learned from the Fukushima, Japan, nuclear plant disaster.

However, Monday night the Duxbury Nuclear Advisory Committee stated they felt two orders that impact the Pilgrim  plant are not adequate as written.

According to committee member Joe Waldstein, they want orders dealing with reactor vents and spent fuel, tightened to ensure safety at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant, regardless of the price tag attached, “We don’t know what the cost would be to make these fixes on the Pilgrim Plant but it’s really not our problem, it’s Entergy’s problem. They have investments to make to protect us; that’s what we’re concerned about.”

One modification would be to require filters on vents to reduce radiation exposure.

Co-Chair Becky Chin explained the committee called upon Selectmen in order to become involved in the process, “We felt it was important that the town at least go on record. We have felt for a long time that the filter on the vent was very critical, therefore we are very pleased the Board of Selectmen, you know, listened to us and will allow the town to be a participant.”

Duxbury Selectmen voted to become a participant in future safety hearings dealing with nuclear reactor vents and spent fuel. According to Selectman Dahlen, the vote reaffirmed this month’s town meeting vote to oppose operation of the Pilgrim Plant until lessons are learned from the Japan tragedy.

(Newly elected officials being sworn in by Town Clerk Nancy Oates)

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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.