Concerned citizens from across New England will march to the main gate of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station to deliver our demand that Entergy Corporation cease putting our lives, livelihood, property and the environment at significant and growing risk.
May 20, 2012 | 1:00 – 3:00 pm
“Better Active Today than Radioactive Tomorrow”
Pilgrim should NOT be relicensed for another 20 years as planned. It’s aging GE Mark 1 reactor, designed for 40 years use, is the same as the four reactors that failed in Japan. Loss of offsite electricity was the cause, and NRC officials report that a similar event could happen here.
Federal regulators have known since 1972 that Pilgrim’s containment structure was unable to withstand a severe accident. Designed to hold 880 highly radioactive fuel bundles, it now contains over 3,270.
Entergy does not have a valid state permit to operate its cooling water system. Pilgrim takes about a half-billion gallons per day of water from Cape Cod Bay—for free—to use to cool the reactor. The water is discharged back into the Bay about 32 degrees hotter and polluted with toxic and radioactive materials. The destruction of marine life and impacts to endangered species are inconsistent with state water quality standards.
During the Fukushima disaster last year, the State Department recommended all US citizens within 50 miles evacuate. Pilgrim’s emergency “plan” stops at 10 miles. Millions in the metro-Boston area could be stuck in a gridlock, and the entirety of Cape Cod will have nowhere to escape. The population within 10 miles of Pilgrim is over 75,000; and within 50 miles is nearly 5 million.
Pilgrim is a radioactive waste generator, with the fleeting byproduct of energy production. It’s operations should expire with its current license: by June 8, 2012.
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