In Plymouth, this week, the Zoning Board of Appeals and a standing room only crowd listened to arguments for and against overturning the decision of the town’s building inspector.
That decision concerns construction of dry cask storage units to contain spent fuel rods on the Pilgrim Power Station property.
David Peck, Vice Chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals, explains the problem:
“The dilemma is quite simple: that the building inspector for the town of Plymouth made a judgment, with advice of town counsel, that the dry cask storage is an accessory, implied use with the broader special permit for a nuclear power plant. The Ecolaw suit doesn’t disagree that dry cask is a good end result, but is requesting that it become a special permit process which has public hearings and is a much more sort of thorough examination of the issue.”
Attorney Jim Lampert made the case for Ecolaw that the only type of storage that was talked about in the 1967 special permit was storage inside buildings and therefore structures outside the buildings require a special permit. Attorney Rich Serkey argued that it is allowed by right because it is within the broad scope of the 1967 special permit for the power plant.
The ZBA hearing, which lasted over two hours, ended with no action by the ZBA and the case was continued to July 10th.