From Cape Downwinders:
On Sunday, concerned citizens will gather near the Pilgrim nuclear reactor gate to protest the start of refueling.
Entergy, owner and operator of the Pilgrim nuclear power reactor in Plymouth, will begin refueling the poorest running nuclear reactor in the U.S. Pilgrim continues to run in a repetitively degrading condition, threatening communities throughout the 50 mile emergency planning zone and beyond, including Boston and Providence.
In December of 2016, a NRC special inspector reported, "We are observing current indications of a safety culture problem that a bunch of probably talking won't fix." Just recently in a 2.14.17 NRC report, another inspector reported that "Entergy did not adequately implement the process of planning, controlling, and executing work activities such that nuclear safety is the overriding priority."
Safety concerns, systemic mismanagement, incompetent maintenance practices, and ongoing violations of federal safety regulations remain documented problems at Pilgrim. At the 3.21.17 NRC annual meeting, the entire Cape Cod state delegation called for the immediate closure of Pilgrim. Since then, more operator errors and equipment problems have occurred.
Entergy plans to relinquish the operating license in 2019. The risk for two years is too long. NRC mandate is to protect the public and the environment. The decision to allow continued operation of Pilgrim in a dangerous downward trend of repetitively degrading conditions is a violation of the public trust. Is the only acceptable criteria for the NRC to close Pilgrim an accident?
We stand to protect our communities. Close Pilgrim NOW!