By Arlene Williamson, CapeCod Downwiders
The Pilgrim 14 defense team will appear in Plymouth District Court for a Pre Trial Motion Hearing on March 13, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. The purpose of the hearing is to present arguments for and against the defendant's use of the Necessity Defense at the Pilgrim 14 trial scheduled to begin in Plymouth the following week.
Last May, the defendants were arrested and charged with Criminal Trespass as they attempted to deliver a letter to Entergy Corporation, the owner and operator of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station (PNPS). The letter requested that the 20-year license extension application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission be withdrawn. The defendants contend that Pilgrim's reactor is the same GE Mark 1 boiling water reactor that had failed in Japan a year earlier and is equipped with vents identical to those which were first tested at Fukushima and failed. The Pilgrim 14 claim that the NRC failed to adequately provide for public safety because they did not order mandatory implementation of any lessons learned from Fukushima and Criminal Trespass was justified to prevent the public from horrific harm if there were a major nuclear accident at the Pilgrim Nuclear Facility.
The NRC granted the request for operations to continue at PNPS for 20 more years over the objections of Governor Deval Patrick, Attorney General Martha Coakley, State Senator Dan Wolf, Congressmen Edward Markey and Bill Keating along with others. The Pilgrim 14 trial will adduce evidence of the imminent public dangers inherent in the operation of PNPS and the lack of concern for public safety or preparedness by the NRC and Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.