Duxbury: New Safety Guidelines for Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant?

A public hearing will be held today at the State House in Boston regarding the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant….WATD’s David Cedrone has more….

The Duxbury Nuclear Advisory Committee met with selectmen Monday night to announce there are four new bills that will be discussed by the Joint Committee on Public Health pertaining to nuclear safety at the State House today.

Duxbury Town Manager Rene Read said the Nuclear Advisory Committee has the support from the Board of Selectmen.

“Members of the Nuclear Advisory Committee will be going to the State House to report to the full committee that the Board of Selectmen, here in Duxbury, support what it is they’re trying to do. We will also submit a letter on the board’s behalf, to them, so they can present it to the committee. We want the representatives and the legislatures to know that we are in support of their actions,” said Read.

The four new bills would increase funding for radiological air monitoring, better surveillance and expansion of the radiological emergency planning zone from 10 miles to either 20 or 50 miles.

Co-chair of the Duxbury Nuclear Advisory Committee Mary Lampert said the United States Government has made these recommendations after the nuclear accident in Japan in 2011.

“The reason 50 miles was suggested was after Fukushima, our government recommended up to 50 miles to evacuate. So it strikes us as odd that with Pilgrim, the exact same design as the reactors as Fukushima, we are not told to evacuate or shelter or take potassium iodide unless we are within 10 miles. It makes no sense,” said Lampert.

The Joint Committee on Public Health will hold a public hearing at the State House today (July 28th) at 1 PM in hearing room B-2.

Image of Fukushima radioactive plume superimposed over Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant

Image of Fukushima radioactive plume superimposed over Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant - Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy


About David Cedrone

David Cedrone started in radio at the campus of Rutgers University at WRSU. He also worked for the Rutgers newspaper The Daily Targum. He has been working on and off for WATD since 1998 and returned full time in 2013. David is also a traffic anchor at WBZ News Radio 1030. David lives in Duxbury with his wife Stephanie and his four children.