From the Office of Cape & Islands State Senator Julian Cyr:
Please see the statement below from several Massachusetts Senators and Representatives regarding the latest developments of the application to transfer ownership of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station from Entergy to Holtec LLC.
We stand firmly behind the Baker Administration and the Attorney General’s request to delay the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) approval to transfer the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station license to Holtec LLC. The Commonwealth deserves a right to contest the license transfer in a hearing before the NRC, as further assurances are needed that Holtec LLC has the financial and technical capacity to properly and safely decommission Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant.
The Attorney General’s office has highlighted serious concerns about ‘Holtec’s veracity, judgment and technical qualifications to decommission a nuclear power reactor,’ which includes providing misleading financial cash-flow qualifications and past criminal activity. The Attorney General’s office also noted a lack of meaningful consultation by the NRC staff with Commonwealth in this process without any justifiable reason for an expedited review.
We call on the NRC to set a hearing date, and to postpone any decision on granting a license to Holtec LLC until that hearing and further vetting of Holtec LLC occurs. The health and safety of the residents of our Commonwealth deserve nothing less.