Anti-cancer KI pills aren't the answer to Pilgrim Nuclear danger [Op-Ed]

The Pilgrim 14 respond to Cape Cod Times

An anti-cancer KI pill is not the solution. Shutting down the nuclear plant is

By Diane Turco

Diane Turco at Pilgrim on Sunday. Rodney Lewis photo.The actions of the 14 people arrested on the demand of Entergy Nuclear Corporation in Plymouth this past Sunday was in the best American tradition of resistance and supports the fact that dissent in a democracy is an act of faith.

Whether one is for or against nuclear power, public safety should be a concern for all. We have learned the tragic lessons of Fukushima. The horrific devastation of the Fukushima Prefecture area, where no one can return due to the man-made tragedy, is just unimaginable. 

Can we ever believe that it could happen here on beautiful Cape Cod? 

The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, which is yet another General Electric Mark 1 BWR like the Fukushima reactors is just a few miles north of us and is up for relicensing for an additional 20 years beyond it's original plan for operation. 

At a Nuclear Regulatory Commission public meeting held in Plymouth this past March, I asked two NRC officials if Fukushima could happen here, and they replied YES! 

That response was both honest and chilling from an federal agency with a mandate to provide for public safety. 

On this past Sunday, Cape Codders and others from Western Massachusetts and Vermont were in Plymouth to deliver a letter to Entergy Nuclear Corporation (ENC) to request that they withdraw their application for relicense, store spent fuel in dry casks, and provide for economic conversion to protect their workers.

We also asked that Cape Codders be in an emergency preparedness plan as the NRC ordered the evacuation of American citizens within a 50 mile zone in Japan.  ENC blocked the road a mile from the reactor.  Refusing to accept our letter, the  ENC officials  had us arrested by the Plymouth police. 

This is the same corporation which supplies Cape Codders with anti-cancer pills, KI, as part of their ongoing operation.

We now need to have Gov. Patrick step in and refuse to allow the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station to be relicensed due to the fact he cannot guarantee public safely in the event of an nuclear accident.  How can we allow a corporation to hold us hostage to their profits?

A KI pill is not the solution. Shutting down the plant is. We refuse to become radiation refugees.

Thank you so much for your continued coverage and support for all the people on Cape Cod.

With peace,

Diane Turco, Harwich

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