Tuesday, June 12, 2012
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 …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The NRC made Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station's new license official today.
The NRC gave Entergy a new license to operate Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station for another 20 years today, when the members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission put their signatures to a 16-page letter to ichaei A. Balduzzi, Entergy's Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the New England Region. Entergy received approval last week after six years of studies and despite opposition from local groups, and concerns from Plymouth's delegation in the State House, the governor, secretary of state and Massahusetts senators and congressmen. The full letter is attached.
Monday, May 21, 2012
In the continuing saga of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station's relicensing application, 14 protestors from the Cape were arrested Sunday afternoon after allegedly
Fourteen members of the group Cape Downwinders were arrested Sunday while demonstrating at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, after alledgedly trying to get past security to deliver a letter. Monday, they pleaded not guilty today at their arraignment in Plymouth District Court. The protesters were charged with trespassing on the property of Entergy Nuclear, which owns and operates Pilgrim. Judge Rosemary Minehan entered the not guilty plea on behalf of the protesters and ordered the case held over for a July 11 hearing. The demonstrators said their message is simple. “The Pilgrim nuclear facility is a dangerous facility and it should be shut down,” Paul Rifkin, a member of the group, told CBS Boston. The group wants to deliver a letter to …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The union calls it a lock-out of some employees as union negotiators prepare to take Entergy's latest proposal to its members.
A day after a federal mediator has been called in to broker a deal between union workers at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station and Entergy Corp, several non-essential employees have been given the day off by Entergy. According to Boston.com, "dozens of workers have been locked out of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth as the plant’s owner, Entergy Corp., is barring all non-essential employees from the facility, a union representing many of the workers said Wednesday." According to Pilgrim spokesman Carol Wightman, the employees are not locked out. Rather, some employees were given a paid day off while the company "works through some issues." Not surprisingly, UWUA Local 369 President Dan Hurley sees it differently. "'Essential' …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Supporters of the Freeze Pilgrim ballot question held their banners on the Route 3 overpass Thursday night waving at passing cars.
Supporters of the Freeze Pilgrim ballot question stood on the Route 3 overpass Thursday night waving at passing cars and encouraging Plymouth voters to vote "yes" on the initiative, which would have the Board of Selectmen demand that Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is "safe" before getting a new operating license.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The Freeze Pilgrim Committee wants to hear from residents who support the upcoming ballot question.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Give a cogent argument for a “NO” vote on the upcoming May 12 ballot question requiring Fukushima fixes to Pilgrim before relicensing it, and our committee will put your argument on our television program and website, unedited. The ballot question calls for the recommendations of the NRC for fixes to Pilgrim, based on the lessons learned from the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year in Japan, to be in place before granting it a new 20-year operating license. It does not involve a shutdown because the NRC has the power to indefinitely extend the current license while improvements are being made. It means more jobs implementing safety improvements to the torus vent, the spent fuel pool, the emergency power supply, and more. It means more …
Saturday, March 31, 2012
The Jones River Watershed files aquatic impact contention with the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board.
The five-member Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted unanimously Friday to uphold the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board's handling the Pilgrim license renewal hearing and reject contentions filed by Pilgrim Watch. The contentions involve post-accident cleanup cost calculations and submerged electrical cables. Pilgrim Watch's first contention involved cleanup and the severe accident mitigation alternatives or SAMA. Pilgrim Watch’s Cleanup Contention read as follows: Until and unless some third party assumes responsibility for cleanup after a severe nuclear reactor accident to pre-accident conditions, sets a cleanup standard, and identifies a funding source, Entergy should be required to take all of the mitigation steps that would be …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
The Plymouth Nuclear Referendum Forum airs on the Plymouth Education Channel at 7 p.m., but you can also watch it live.
PACTV will air the Plymouth Nuclear Referendum Forum live at 7 p.m. on the Plymouth Education Channel Comcast 14 and will be streamed live on PACTV's website here. Plymouth's town-appointed Nuclear Matters Committee and the people who initiated the "Freeze Pilgrim" Ballot Question have designed the forum inform Plymouth voters of arguments both in favor of the ballot question and opposed to it. Wedge Bramhall and Ted Bosen of Plymouth, proponents of the plan, will be present, as will Arnie Gunderson who will speak in favor of the question. Representatives, also of Plymouth, will speak in opposition to the ballot question, a copy of which will be distributed to all attendees. The event will be broadcast on PACTV's government channel and …