Plymouth: Nuclear Regulatory Commission visit greeted with mixed reaction

The NRC played to a packed house at town hall Tuesday night both during the informal session that preceded the Selectmen’s meeting and for their presentation to the Board.

The open session encouraged informal discussion with NRC staff members. But many were not happy with the format.

Diane Turco is with Cape Downwinders:

“It’s one-on-one conversations, and none of the conversations get on record.”

But Plymouth resident Peter Crawley was satisfied with the arrangement:

“I see advantages to the ability to personally ask officials direct questions and get direct answers.”

The NRC presented plans to the Select Board to build a dry cask storage facility. This would eventually house some of the estimated 3,000 spent fuel rods now in the pool at the Pilgrim plant. Three of the dry cask storage towers are scheduled to be built and loaded with spent fuel by the summer of 2014.

Selectman Ken Tavares told the NRC he found it alarming:

“How safe are they? I’m not convinced they are.”

Selectman Chair Matt Muratore made a specific request to NRC representatives:

“I’ve asked the NRC to actually have a public forum down in Washington for the 104 communities that host nuclear power plants and have the President of the United States actually be there to listen to the people of what’s really happening in these communities.”

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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.