Marshfield: Town meeting rejects nuclear advisory committee formation proposal

Anna Baker addresses Marshfield town meeting regarding her petition article proposal.

Marshfield held their second and final night of town meeting Tuesday night and in a very close vote, rejected Anna Baker’s petition article on a highly emotional issue – a proposal to form a nuclear advisory committee to investigate various impacts of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant and Entergy on the town’s political landscape, namely the Emergency Management Agency.

Marshfield Emergency Management Director Police Lieutenant Paul Taber joined the police chief in shooting down the article and defended the town’s emergency preparedness plans.

“I have concerns that the petitioner has a bias against nuclear power, which has blurred her vision of what we have and continue to accomplish regarding emergency preparedness and planning, including nuclear planning in Marshfield. Whether you are pro-nuclear or anti-nuclear, the planning process should be left to the professionals, who cannot afford the luxury of choosing sides”, Taber said.

However, article petitioner Anna Baker said that a nuclear advisory committee is needed to shed light on what she believes is a conflict of interest between Entergy and Marshfield’s Emergency Management Agency.

“It actually comes down to power and I’m afraid that the Emergency Management Department is facing a conflict of interest right now. The conflict of interest is that they get $200,000 a year from Entergy and we need to shed light on this. We need to be able to expose anything that’s going on in an open, public way”, Baker explained.

Town meeting also voted yes to an $87.8 million fiscal 2014 operating budget and finished up all the articles on the warrant.


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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.