Plymouth: Residents, politicians want nuclear fuel out

Tuesday night’s Plymouth selectmen’s meeting focused on the future of radioactive spent fuel on the property of the Pilgrim nuclear power plant.

An increasing number of residents in Plymouth and surrounding towns call it a nuclear waste dump and want it taken out of temporary storage into so-called dry cask storage onsite or out of town. All of the radioactive spent fuel generated by the plant remains onsite in an overcrowded pool of water. The plant’s owner, Entergy Corporation, must begin moving the fuel from the pool. It has plans to place concrete casks beside the plant. Some critics say the site is too close to Cape Cod Bay. Others say the federal government should fulfill its promise to move the fuel to a national depository.

Those people made those criticisms public to selectmen, the state legislative delegation and representatives of t he federal legislative delegation. None of those objected to the critics. The federal legislative aides promised an update within 60 days.

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About Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor, and has won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.