The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold its annual public meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 21, at Memorial Hall in Plymouth beginning at 6:00 PM. They will present Entergy's federal safety violations identified in the special inspection and annual assessment. There will be time available for comments after the presentations. The public is expected to come out in force and demand immediate shutdown of the troubled Pilgrim nuclear reactor.
Cape Downwinders calls for Governor Baker and all elected officials to demand the NRC revoke the operating license of Pilgrim due to ongoing violations of federal safety standards and unacceptable risks to the public.
According to NRC assessments, Pilgrim is one of the worst nuclear reactors in the country for a third consecutive year, one step from federally mandated shutdown. Documents identify failing equipment run until inoperable, years of lack of maintenance on safety systems, systemic mismanagement, falsified safety records, and investigations that continue to expose the ongoing threat to public safety only reinforce the call for closure.
Experienced NRC special inspector Don Jackson confirmed in a preliminary email report, "We are observing current indications of a safety culture problem that a bunch of talking probably won't fix." The latest NRC review (2/14/17) states, "Entergy did not adequately implement the process of planning, controlling, and executing work activities such that nuclear safety is the overriding priority."
As Entergy continues to violate federal safety regulations, the NRC has given the green light for Pilgrim to be refueled this spring and continue to operate at unacceptable risk to the public.
Don Barton of Mashpee states, "At the cost of their shredded credibility, the NRC is hellbent to continue to prop up the failed Pilgrim plant. The leaked NRC email and failed safety record speak volumes of objective truth. Now the latest dose of NRC whitewash is an outrage. It is subjugating citizens to an unnecessary danger, the scale of which defies comprehension."
Elaine Dickison of Harwich continues, "The NRC is proving again that they don't work for the public, who pays their salaries with our taxes, but for the nuclear industry. It is a crime!"
Diane Turco agrees and calls for all elected officials to speak up. "Don't stop being alarmed! We need strong voices calling for immediate closure because, as the NRC documents Entergy's ongoing failures, it also exposes the federal regulator for not doing its primary job of protecting the people and the environment. "
"Governor Baker, as the state chief public safety officer, must acknowledge the NRC will not protect citizens from an accident because Entergy's bottom line is their priority. Our elected officials must stand up and speak out for public safety and demand the NRC do their job and close Pilgrim NOW."