Plymouth: Selectmen to tell NRC to put Pilgrim re-licensing on hold

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Plymouth Selectmen will tell the NRC that the voters have spoken and want re-licensing of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant suspended until Fukushima fixes have been put in place—and they may go further than that.

Ted Bosen, one of the prime movers of the Freeze Pilgrim initiative told the Board Tuesday night that, in his eyes, they walk on water: “Without the Board, the four incumbents especially, who unanimously voted to put this petition on the ballot, we never would have been where we are today.”

And where they are is that the Governor, the Senate President, and the state delegation have also asked the NRC to address another matter before re-licensing occurs:  “They’ve already written the NRC and demanded that this plant not be re-licensed without taking all of the spent fuel out and put it in dry cask storage where it’s safer—not just the NRC’s recommendations from the Fukushima lessons.”

Town Manager Melissa Arrighi will look closely at the additional request made by state officials to the NRC in preparation for writing a letter to them on behalf of the Board: “The letter will clearly tell the NRC that the voters of Plymouth have spoken and they have specifically requested that the Board reach out to the NRC and let them know that they want these safety measures in place.”

The Town Manager will make the letter public, but it will not be brought back to the Board, and no formal vote will be taken.

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.