Plympton: Town wants in on Pilgrim evacuation plan

Plympton officials are pushing to have their town be part of area’s evacuation plan in the event of a disaster at the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant.

The current plan includes parts of Marshfield, Carver, Duxbury, Kingston and Plymouth.

Plympton’s police chief said, just like those towns, there needs to be a clear route for his community’s nearly 3,000 residents to get out.

Pilgrim’s owner, Entergy Corp., gives between $90,000 and $185,000 per year toward emergency preparedness for each town within the zone, money Plympton officials said could partially cover the cost of a new emergency worker.

But more importantly, they said, the town just doesn’t have the resources to manage a massive surge of people.

Entergy hasn’t indicated whether Plympton would be made part of the emergency zone, but local leaders have the political support of Senators Scott Brown and John Kerry, as well as Congressman William Keating and state Senate President Therese Murray.

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About Garo Hagopian

Garo Hagopian has been a member of the WATD family as a weekend news anchor since 2008, and has been a writer-producer-editor at WBZ in Boston since 1996.