State House SpeakOut to Close Pilgrim

Speakers include elected officials, students, scientists

Legislators, organizational leaders, citizen activists, students, and others will gather at the Grand Staircase in the State House to call for Governor Baker to demand the Nuclear Regulatory Commission immediately close Entergy's dangerous Pilgrim nuclear power reactor in Plymouth.  The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has assessed Pilgrim as one of the three worst operating reactors in the US, one step from federally mandated shutdown.  Since Entergy announced the closing in 2019, more NRC violations, emergency shutdowns, equipment failures, and ongoing problems continue to plague the reactor.  The entire MA congressional delegation recently sent a letter to the NRC identifying MA communities as being 'in danger' without recommended  Fukushima safety upgrades.  Entergy has appealed to the NRC for extension of the order until 2019 when Pilgrim closes, avoiding costs for safety.

As chief safety officer for the Commonwealth, Governor Baker has a responsibility to protect the health and safety of the citizens, our communities, and environment.

Speakers include:

Cape and Islands State Senator Dan Wolf

  • Barnstable 4th District Rep. Sarah Peake
  • Julian Cyr, Cape and Islands State Senate Candidate 
  • Matt Patrick, Barnstable 3rd District State Rep. Candidate 
  • Emily Norton, MA Chapter Sierra Club Director
  • Ed DeWitt, Association to Preserve Cape Cod Executive Director
  • Dr. Richard Clapp, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Rev. Brenda Haywood, UU Provincetown 
  • Clare Lonsdale and Kyle Gilmore, Nauset High School students
  • Deb Katz, Executive Director Citizens Awareness Network
  • Rev. Dr. Michelle Walsh, LICSW from BU and UU Mass Action Network
  • Greg William, Quaker Friends Meeting and the Moral Monday movement
     

Representative Peake affirms, "We have to keep pressing the message to demand the shutdown and decommissioning of this plant. Its awful safety record speaks for itself, shut it down now."

Citizens Awareness Network Executive Director Deb Katz declares, "Pilgrim's continued operation puts the Commonwealth at unacceptable risk. The NRC is protecting Entergy-not the people of Massachusetts. Why is Governor Baker silent ?"

Diane Turco, Director of Cape Downwinders states, "It is time to confront a government that is failing the people of the Commonwealth.  With ongoing problems at the repetitively degrading Pilgrim, the entire region, including metro Boston, is put at serious risk that can be avoided through strong leadership and action."

Multiple letters of public appeal have been delivered to Governor Baker since he took office.  The latest action on Sept. 9 resulted in the arrest of 3 activists for insisting the Governor call for the immediate closure of Pilgrim after the Sept. 6 emergency shutdown.  Another letter will be delivered right after the Speakout.


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