Earlier this month the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission (CCNSAC) sent a letter to Governor Baker highlighting grave concerns concerning Pilgrim Nuclear. In the letter, the Commission asks the Governor to demand closure of the Plymouth-based plant in order to protect the citizens of Cape Cod and the more than four million visitors that visit the National Seashore annually. Read the full letter below.
The request comes after the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) downgraded Pilgrim’s performance rating in 2015 and a slew of more recent shutdowns and malfunctions. Pilgrim is now ranked as a “Category IV” plant, meaning it is among the bottom two performing nuclear facilities in the country (and in the bottom three operating reactors, including Pilgrim’s one reactor and Arkansas Nuclear One’s two reactors). Both facilities are owned and operated by Entergy.
In late November, a team of 20 inspectors will be at Pilgrim to scrutinize mechanical systems and worker performance. This is part of the heightened oversight that comes from a Category IV ranking. Learn more about the inspection →
We happen to agree with CCNSAC – Pilgrim’s final refueling in spring 2017 should not be allowed by the NRC and Pilgrim should shut down before 2019, and Governor Baker should do all he can to ensure this happens.
Read letter below, or download the PDF →