Duxbury: Officials Hoping Owners of Pilgrim Power Plant Will Fund EOC Change

In Duxbury, officials are hoping the owners of the Pilgrim Nuclear Station will fund a change proposed for the Emergency Operations Center in town.

The Duxbury Board of Selectmen voted to send a letter to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Entergy Corp. — the owner of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant.

“To move Entergy to do the right thing in terms of funding for our transfer [of phones] with the rebuilding of the Emergency Center,” said Ted Flynn, the Chair of the Selectmen. “We need to go over Voice Over Internet Protocol for our communications, and we want Entergy to step up to the plate in that regard.”

Because the current phone lines cannot be easily moved, the phone lines would be changed to VoIP in the event of an emergency.

“Anything negative that happens there, at the Pilgrim Power Plant, is going to have a direct impact on us,” said Flynn. “As they would on Plymouth, as they would on surrounding towns.”

He said the funding would be needed for a period of at least 18 months.

The next Board of Selectmen meeting will be held on Monday, August 13th at 6:30 p.m. at the Senior Center.

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