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Pilgrim Opponents File Zoning Complaint on Replacement Workers Sleeping at Plant

Members of the Freeze Pilgrim group filed a complaint with Plymouth Inspectional Services Department claiming Entergy is violating zoning bylaws by having replacement workers at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station sleep in trailers onsite.

After hearing reports that replacement workers were sleeping in trailers at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station during the lockout, Plymouth resident and Freeze Pilgrim member Ted Bosen has taken the issue into his own hands.

Bosen said the sleepover violates federal, state, and local laws and must be discontinued.

Monday he filed a complaint with the town's Inspectional Services Department. "The Entergy Corporation is in violation of the Plymouth Zoning Bylaw, as well as the State Sanitary Code and possibly Fire and Safety regulations as well, in that they are housing replacement workers overnight on the premises of an industrial-zoned parcel, thus engaging in a prohibited residential use of the zone," Bosen wrote in his letter to Paul McAuiliffe, director of Inspectional Services.

"I speak for myself and many concerned citizens who believe that Entergy should not be afforded any privilege to violate zoning regulations that are regularly enforced against Plymouth citizens. We anticipate that your department will do its job and enforce the local bylaw in this case, as well."

Bosen concluded the letter stating that if the town refuses act, "a group of 10 citizens stands ready to sue to compel such enforcement, but will seek its costs and attorney's fees if forced to act."

Also Monday, Plymouth resident Meg Sheehan sent an email to several members of the NRC staff questioning Entergy's decision to have workers sleep in trailers at the plant, or as she called it "operate a motel at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station."

She was answered later that day by the NRC's Pilgrim Branch Chief Ronald
Bellamy. Bellamy wrote that having workers sleep at the plant "is not an unusual preparation for conditions, including when hurricanes have been predicted near Pilgrim. For those short periods of time when workers have been held onsite past their normal shifts, we have determined the plant and that the health and safety of the public has been maintained."

Below is the full text of both letters and the responses:

Dear Mr. McAuliffe,

The Entergy Corporation is in violation of the Plymouth Zoning Bylaw, as well as the State Sanitary Code and possibly Fire and Safety regulations as well, in that they are housing replacement workers overnight on the premises of an industrial-zoned parcel, thus engaging in a prohibited residential use of the zone.

Enclosed is a picture taken of at least one makeshift “bedroom” created out of a small office space which makes it clear that sleeping quarters are in use on the plant premises. This was taken two days ago by a worker who wishes to remain anonymous.

Also enclosed is an NRC response to citizen's request for information where Pilgrim Branch Chief, Ronald Bellamy, admits that Pilgrim is housing workers onsite, which he justifies as having been done before for emergencies such as hurricanes. There is no such emergency now, however, nor is it a fortuitous event, as Entergy, itself chose to lockout workers and bring in replacements, so there is no justification to the unlawful use here.

I speak for myself and many concerned citizens who believe that Entergy should not be afforded any privilege to violate zoning regulations that are regularly enforced against Plymouth citizens. We anticipate that your department will do its job and enforce the local bylaw in this case, as well.

Please be advised that if the Town fails to act to do so, a group of 10 citizens stands ready to sue to compel such enforcement, but will seek its costs and attorney's fees if forced to act. Thank you for your prompt attention to this complaint. Please keep me advised of the Town's response.

Sincerely,

Theodore L. Bosen

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Dear NRC Staff,

Can you explain to the public:

1. Where in Entergy's newly issued operating license it gives the company permission to operate a motel at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, and

2. What NRC manual governs the practices and procedures for having staff sleep on site.

Thank you.

Margaret E. Sheehan
Attorney at Law
Volunteer & Concerned Citizen, Business Owner, and Property Owner
Plymouth MA

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Ms. Sheehan
 
Weareas [sic] we reviewed was the capability of Entergy to adequately staff the station, in light of potential job actions.  Entergy formulated a plan to keep qualified workers onsite if they rest, some sleeping arrangements were made onsite. This is not an unusual preparation for conditions, including when hurricanes have been predicted near Pilgrim. 
 
Ronald R. Bellamy,
Pilgrim Branch Chief

citizen1 June 23, 2012 at 08:43 PM
again misinformation, the company has a fatigue rule, check that out. and article 23 is what all you union workers are pissy about. you want to drag around all day milking a job that takes three hours into twelve so you can get overtime. how many hours did you put in this week? walking that line is the hardest labor you've done in a while. enjoy your summer.
citizen1 June 24, 2012 at 12:45 PM
your absolutely right qd. and patrick, in their right mind. who complains about a job paying over 100K a year? here's the real deal..... if entergy would take article 23 off the table, or better words, allow article 23 to stand, these guys would make a running dash back to work. i love all the people taking a stand when they don't even know what the issues are. you think it's all about healthcare and yearly raises? nope. I would like to know what went on at the union hall last week when the former president of the union accused the current president of, ummmm, stealing. wow, can you imagine that? corruption in the union? what would hoffa say?
Edward Varmette June 25, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Ernie - First off the average worker ( myself being one, as I work only 50% or less of ovetime being offered ) does not make close122 thousand.Even in a refuel ouateg year I have never made that. And the raise being offered is 50-100% lower than estimated cost of living increase next year on some web pages.For an example copy and paste the link below to your browser. http://www.forecast-chart.com/forecast-inflation-rate.html And for those who believe the crap you, nukeworker, and citizen are spouting. If you believe the union wages are ruining this country and CEO pay does not matter, copy and paste the link about CEO pays below to your browser. http://www.aflcio.org/Corporate-Watch/CEO-Pay-and-the-99/ And I do not milk a job, when I am done with a job I let my boss know, WHEN I can find them. Lastly I have the guts to post the truth with MY name, it is cowards who hide behind fake names and spread lies and propaganda that make me sick.
citizen1 June 25, 2012 at 03:21 AM
edward, bravo to you for not having to worry about repercussions for using your real name, i applaud you. 122 is the average pay, so sorry your on the lower end of that ladder, guess we know how you voted. it's not propaganda if it's true. and i hope you feel better soon there's a spot waiting for you on the line, right next to the sani-can.
A Brown June 25, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Again walk in someone else shoes. When your child takes a 1000 dollar chemo pill a day and has radiation 5 days a week and gets rushed to the hospital because they cant breath then yes the best medical is needed and working OT is not because they choose to be with their family because that's what counts

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