Many individuals in a variety of towns have joined together to raise awareness about the risks (both to public safety and the environment) of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. Here are some examples:
- The Pilgrim Coalition is a network of citizens and organizations throughout New England working to raising awareness of – and reducing – significant risks to public safety, health and our environment arising from the continued operation of Pilgrim.
- In 2013, led by Cape Downwinders, all 15 towns on the Cape voted to support a nonbinding ballot question or a town meeting warrant article that gave citizens the opportunity to vote yes on a statement asking Governor Patrick to call upon the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to shut down Pilgrim based on safety concerns.
- Residents in the Town of Plymouth – led by Concerned Neighbors of Pilgrim – recently overwhelmingly voted to approve Question 1 on their town’s ballot, with 83% of voters voting yes. The question encourages town leaders to ensure that nuclear waste stored at Pilgrim is transferred from wet pool to dry cask storage quickly and in the safest way possible.
Now we have another example to add to the list. Residents on Martha’s Vineyard – led by the 350MVI – are organizing to pass ballot questions of town meeting articles on every town on the island regarding the closure of Pilgrim. We will keep you posted on the progress of their work.
The movement is certainly growing, and we hope that even more individuals in other Massachusetts towns will get involved and help protect our region from the risks of Pilgrim.