Plymouth: Ballot question proposed on spent nuclear fuel at Pilgrim

In Plymouth tonight, Concerned Neighbors of Pilgrim will request that the Board of Selectmen approve a ballot question for the May election.

This concerns spent nuclear fuel at Entergy’s Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.

Heather Lightner, spokesperson for Concerned Neighbors of Pilgrim, gives the particulars of the proposed ballot question:“Should the people of Plymouth, Massachusetts direct town officials to insure that spent nuclear fuel at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is moved to dry cask storage as soon as possible.” But isn’t Entergy already doing this? “They are moving assemblies out of the wet pool and into dry cask storage, however Entergy has made it very clear that they’re only planning on removing enough assemblies to refuel in the fall.”

Lightner argues that Pilgrim was originally licensed to hold only 880 assemblies:“Now they have close to 3500—it’s very tightly packed and it does it pose a safety hazard, a risk.”

Plymouth Selectmen meet tonight at Town Hall at 7:00.

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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.