By Sara Withee, Plymouth Coalition
Towns across Cape Cod are considering placing a non-binding public advisory question on the municipal ballot or spring town warrant to call for the shut down of Entergy's Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.
On ballot already in Dennis, Brewster, Wellfleet, and Truro
Currently the towns of Dennis, Brewster, Wellfleet, and Truro will have a ballot question. Mashpee will have a warrant article. Harwich is re-writing one to include safety concerns such as the highly radioactive waste in the spent fuel pool and should be on the ballot.
Scheduled to vote for inclusion on the town ballot/warrant are Yarmouth, Chatham, Sandwich, Falmouth, and Orleans. Bourne voted no but there is an effort to collect 100 signatures to put it on the town warrant. Barnstable has a town council so their election is in November.
If you live on the Cape, we ask for your support. The language includes:
Petition for a Nonbinding Public Opinion Advisory Question for the Wellfleet Spring 2013 Ballot
Whereas, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz has acknowledged that Cape residents and visitors are "in harm's way" in the event of a radiological accident at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth;
Whereas, MEMA has determined that Cape residents and visitors will not be evacuated but plans to relocate Cape citizens after exposure to dangerous radioactive materials released in an accident;
Whereas, citizens of the Town of Wellfleet find this State response to Pilgrim's threat to our health and safety unacceptable and in violation of the public trust;
Therefore, be it resolved that we the people of Wellfleet respectfully request Governor Deval Patrick to call upon the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to uphold their mandate to shut Entergy's Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth because the public safety, particularly Cape and Islands residents and visitors, cannot be assured.