Plymouth: Selectmen discuss Pilgrim Nuclear, meet top officials

At a recent Plymouth selectmen’s meeting, Chairman Matt Muratore said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission would not hold another open house with the town because of what the NRC perceived as negative responses from both the Board and the press during their annual open house at town hall last spring.

At the same meeting, Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station representative David Tarantino spoke during public comment to introduce two top officials at Pilgrim.

Tarantino is a former Plymouth selectman and has long been a spokesperson for the various owners of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power station, now Entergy.

His message was that the company wants to improve their relationship with the Board of Selectmen.

“The Board’s had questions recently.  We want to let them know that there are people at the plant that are there to answer their questions, to assist them—and really responding to their constituents.”

Tarantino introduced the manager of day to day operations at the power station, Steven Verrochi, who has returned to the Plymouth plant after a long absence.

“I went away for ten years—working at other facilities that Entergy owns and the corporate office, and previous to that I was a 20 year resident at Plymouth and 15 years at Pilgrim, so it’s great to be back in Plymouth again.”

John Dent, Site Vice President, was also introduced to the Board, and said, “First and foremost, my over-riding responsibility is insure the safe operation of that power plant—of the nuclear power plant—to protect the health and safety of the public.”

Verrochi and Dent hand delivered their business cards to each town official.

Selectmen are on a summer schedule and their next meeting is July 2.

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.