Senators, US Rep. Write NRC About Pilgrim Nuke "Alarming Event"

Demand for accountability over SCRAM during blizzard...

From Cape Downwinders:

Cape Downwinders request for accountability after Entergy's emergency shut down (scram) of the Pilgrim nuclear reactor during the January 4 winter blizzard has been acknowledged by Senator Markey, Senator Warren, and Representative Keating. They share our concerns.  Pointing out the threat Entergy's operation presents to our communities, they wrote a letter to NRC Chair Kristine Svinicki describing the scram as "a recent example of an alarming event".  They questioned Entergy's irresponsible and dangerous operation of Pilgrim during the blizzard which resulted in a scram that should have been a preventable and foreseeable problem.  See full letter attached.


It is clear that Entergy cannot even follow the basic rules of safety.  


Cape Downwinder Elaine Dickinson said, "We all know what to do for an impending blizzard.  We prepare with bottled water, flashlights, food, and respond to the real expectation that the electricity most likely will go out. But an operator of a nuclear reactor running with "subpar safety records", one step from federally mandated shut down, and without ordered Fukushima safety upgrades does not. This is terrifying and "alarming" as our representatives noted in their letter."  It is also unacceptable.


Deb Katz, Executive Director for Citizens Awareness Network, explains, 

"The NRC requires Entergy to shut Pilgrim in advance of bad weather; instead Pilgrim was forced to shut down during the storm. This isn't rocket science. We all know how to get off the road in bad weather. Why can't Entergy figure it out? Last year an email sent by an NRC inspector documented the incompetence and poor training of Pilgrim's workforce. If it can't shut Pilgrim in a timely manner, how can we trust it to operate safely?"


Guntram Mueller of Boston Downwinders supports their effort. "They are right to grill the NRC for failure to regulate for public safety. We applaud their pressure on the NRC to account for this latest example of ongoing systemic mismanagement and poor operating practices at Pilgrim." 


Plymouth resident Henrietta Cosentino adds, "The NRC refuses to hold Entergy accountable. Bare minimum safety standards on a reactor that threatens the five million people who live within 50 miles until the planned closing in 2019 is dangerous and irresponsible. Entergy cannot run Pilgrim safely. We constituents need additional action at the federal level."  


Diane Turco, Director of Cape Downwinders states, "State Senator Julian Cyr got it right last March when he (and the entire Cape delegation) demanded the NRC protect our communities by revoking the operating license.  He strongly concluded, "That means now, that means today."  Thank you to Senator Markey, Senator Warren, and Representative Keating for addressing this most serious issue.  However, we need more than shut down during a blizzard. We need Pilgrim shut down now.  Time's up, Entergy."


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