On July 28, 2014, Entergy informed the Massachusetts Land Court that a portion of Pilgrim’s spent nuclear fuel (aka, nuclear waste) will be moved into dry cask storage “no earlier than October 27, 2014.” Read Entergy’s letter →
A group of concerned citizens is currently challenging Entergy in Land Court over the Town of Plymouth’s decision to give Entergy permission to build a dry cask storage facility on the shore of Cape Cod Bay without a special permit. Entergy was required by the judge to give the Court 90-day notice before moving Pilgrim’s nuclear waste into dry casks.
If the citizens win the Land Court case, then the Town of Plymouth will then get to decide whether to require Energy to obtain a special permit. At that point, the Town will also hopefully impose conditions on Entergy’s special permit to ensure that the nuclear waste storage facility is properly sited, maintained, and operated (including being moved to higher elevation). Considering Entergy has already built the immovable dry cask storage pad and the company is already planning to move some of Pilgrim’s nuclear waste into dry casks no earlier than Oct. 2014 – all before the court case is concluded – could mean Entergy would have to eventually build a new pad at a higher elevation and move the filled dry casks, all at their added expense.