Considering the difficulty of getting off Cape Cod Labor Day, the Cape Downwinders, calling for the closure of the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth, have satirically called the evacuation plan “Swim East.”
The recent release of the evacuation plan details in case of a nuclear accident at the plant makes that phrase more than satire. It shows roadblocks on the bridges, trapping Cape residents as prevailing winds blow over the plant toward their homes. The Downwinders staged a protest at the Sagamore Bridge Monday, Labor Day, as traffic inched by.
The power plant’s owner, Entergy, announced last week it would close its Vermont Yankee plant because it had become economically unfeasible. It’s the same design and age of Pilgrim. While the Downwinders applaud the Vermont decision, they say the corporation should close Pilgrim for reasons of public safety.