Plymouth: Anniversary of Fukushima sparks rally to stop Pilgrim Nuclear Plant operation

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One year has passed since the Japan nuclear plant disaster and New England activists continue to question why the Plymouth plant is still open. Cape Cod and South Shore residents came together Sunday afternoon to mourn those lost in the tsunami and earthquake tragedy but also to protest against re-licensing the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant which has an identical reactor as Fukushima’s.

At the vigil held in Plymouth center, Anna Baker from Marshfield noted that what happened in Japan last March could very likely happen just down the street, “It didn’t take a tsunami or an earthquake to cause the disaster at Fukushima, all it took was loss of power. And as you know we have hurricanes here, we have inclement weather. Last year we had six days of lost power in my town.”

A loss of power in Japan disabled the cooling of reactors resulting in the nuclear accident and high radioactive releases.

Mary Lampert explained Fukushima lacked safety and disaster relief plans not unlike Pilgrim, “Hosing down of buildings, which is their method of cleanup, simply puts the contamination into the groundwater; so the poisoning will continue and continue.”

Lampert further stated support from local officials is necessary to stop Pilgrim from being re-licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission next month. This weekend, Duxbury voters approved a town meeting article to send a letter of opposition to the NRC.

About Trisha McNeilly

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.