Marshfield: Petition article sets safety measures as condition for Pilgrim Plant relicensing

Marshfield resident Anna Baker, a member of the Pilgrim Watch Coalition, appeared before the town’s Board of Selectmen Monday night and requested their support for a non-binding town meeting petition article which calls for the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant to adhere to a list of safety features as a stipulation to relicensing and as set forth in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s recommendations, developed after Japan’s devastating Fukishima meltdown.

 “The basic fixes are to require that the spent fuel rods are put below ground, in dry caste storage. Cables that are now submersed in water but are not submersible should be changed to cables that can be submersed. Also, the Emergency Protection Zone should be expanded from 10 miles to at least 25 miles,” Baker explained.

State Representative Jim Cantwell also appeared before the selectmen in support of the petition article and said he’s especially concerned about the storage of those spent fuel rods.

“There was a pool put together to hold 800 of these units. We are now approaching 2800 units. Some scientists are concerned that as the nuclear waste is packed and even more condense, that there could be some type of reaction. The other concern is that if there is an earthquake or other kind of natural disaster, it could make it more likely we could have a disaster or problem or heaven forbid, there should be some maniac attempting a terrorist act,” Cantwell said.

Similar articles are also planned for the towns of Duxbury, Kingston and Plymouth.

About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.