The Plymouth Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a hearing on June 12, 2013, on Entergy Corporation's failure to obtain a special permit for its long-term "dry cask" storage facility at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth.
"Dry cask storage is a preferred method for storing Pilgrim's spent nuclear fuel, but it must be done right," said Meg Sheehan,of EcoLaw, a non-profit group that is providing volunteer legal service. Sheehan is one of a team of lawyers representing the residents bringing the appeal. The appeal seeks to ensure community oversight and participation in the siting, construction and operation of the project.
On June 3, 2013, the legal team filed the legal brief with the Zoning Board of Appeals setting forth its arguments on why the law requires Entergy to get a special permit. A copy of the brief can be found here:
The dry casks will store highly dangerous spent nuclear fuel close to residences and on the shores of Cape Cod Bay. The radioactive nuclear storage facility will likely be in Plymouth for up to 300 years. Sheehan said, "this project has tremendous implications for local residents who may suffer harm to their real estate values, businesses, health, and well-being".
If the Board requires Entergy to file for the special permit, there will be another public hearing in which concerned residents can provide comments to the Board about what the permit should require.
The team of volunteer lawyers representing the residents includes James Lampert, Ted Bosen and EcoLaw Attorneys Meg Sheehan, Anne Bingham, and Genevieve Byrne.