On Thursday, the Atomic Safety Licensing Board denied a contention filed by the Jones River Watershed Association. The contention related to environmental effects on Atlantic Sturgeon and herring that call the Jones River home, was denied by the panel for failing to satisfy the criteria for reopening a closed record, and failing to satisfy ‘the (late-filed) contention admissibility criteria.’
Political fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster is fueling local opposition to the Pilgrim Nuclear Reactor in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The aging facility’s operating license expires on June 8, 2012, and its owners want a 20-year extension. It looked like it had a green light from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which recommended an approval vote. But out of nowhere, local opposition to the license grew and spread from town to town, stiffening the backs of state and Congressional representatives, the state Attorney General, and the Governor, who urged the NRC to deny the vote until outstanding public safety and environmental concerns can be resolved. The organizers of that remarkable effort join us for this interview. With South Shore activists Anna Baker and Pine Dubois of the Pilgrim Coalition, and Paul Gunter of the DC-based group, Beyond Nuclear. Live radio interview by Amy Grunder, first aired on “Sounds of Dissent” on WZBC 90.3 FM Boston on May 12, 2012.