Plymouth: NRC Holds Public Meeting, Pilgrim Announces Intent to Refuel Reactor

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission held its annual assessment of safety and performance for the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station this week.

The NRC met with officials from Entergy and concerned citizens at hotel 1620 in Plymouth Wednesday night to discuss safety, maintenance, upgrades and the decommissioning process of Pilgrim.

Chair of the Plymouth Board of Selectmen Ken Tavares says Pilgrim has posed both positive and negative issues throughout the years.

“Over the years we have certainly had good experiences with Pilgrim and how it has changed the economic life of the community. Also, sometimes as public officials we have been critical of some of the things we have been concerned about like the evacuation plan and storage of [spent nuclear] fuel,” said Tavares.

Many residents were upset with Entergy, including Plymouth resident Jeff Berger, who told Entergy to shut down the plant immediately.

“Three things you can do to change the opinion: First, order the plant shut down now and tonight would be a good idea. Second, for once in your life work with Plymouth to put together an evacuation plan that actually works. The one now does not work and will not work. Third and last, make sure there will be no so called SAFSTORE options (a nuclear plant kept intact and placed in protective storage for up to 60 years). SAFSTORE is not going to work — sorry guys but that does fly and you need to fix this and fix this now,” said Berger.

Entergy announced on April 14th that the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant intends to refuel the plant next year, which would delay its closure until 2019.

 


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