Plymouth: No decision from Planning Board on dry cask storage at Pilgrim

In Plymouth, the Planning Board makes no recommendation concerning the appeal of EcoLaw,  representing almost 20 residents, to require that Entergy apply for a special permit to construct dry cask storage units in which to store spent fuel.

The town gave Entergy a permit earlier this year to construct a concrete pad to house dry cask storage units at the Pilgrim Plant. Paul McAuliffe, the director of Inspectional Services, maintains that Entergy does not need a special permit because this is essentially a storage project. Planning staff recommended upholding McAuliffe’s position, one he reached on the advice of Town Counsel. But because a motion, by board member Malcolm McGregor, not to uphold McAuliffe’s decision ended in a 2-2 tie –Bill Wennerberg being absent—there is no recommendation. EcoLaw Attorney Jim Lampert said: “I think this is a situation in which the Planning Board probably would make no recommendation, which is what I urged them to do.” David Tarantino, a consultant to Entergy, commented: “Guess it means that there will be no recommendation from the Planning Board so now we’ll have to go to the Zoning Board of Appeals and it’ll be up to them.” The matter will be heard by the ZBA on June 12th.

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.