The Jones River Watershed Association’s Cape Cod Bay Watch program, the Pilgrim Legislative Advisory Coalition and Toxics Action Center hosted a screening of Containment on Friday, December 9th at 7:00 PM at the Jones River Landing (55 Landing Road, Kingston). The film tackles the current issue of radioactive waste and the danger it poses for hundreds of thousands of years, and imagines a future dealing with vast stockpiles worldwide. Refreshments and discussion before and after the 81-minute film. The screening is free, but donations are welcome.
About the film:
Can we contain some of the deadliest, most long-lasting substances ever produced? Left over from the Cold War are a hundred million gallons of radioactive sludge, covering vast radioactive lands. Governments around the world, desperate to protect future generations, have begun imagining society 10,000 years from now in order to create monuments that will speak across the time. Part observational essay filmed in weapons plants, Fukushima and deep underground — and part graphic novel — Containment weaves between an uneasy present and an imaginative, troubled far future, exploring the idea that over millennia, nothing stays put.
Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is due to refuel its reactor in spring 2017, meaning more high-level nuclear waste will be placed in an already-crowded spent fuel pool. More waste that will also end up, eventually, in dry cask storage on the Cape Cod Bay shoreline. These casks, made of concrete and steel, are currently sited in a location well within reach of rising seas, nor’easters, and salt water degradation – radioactive contamination is a serious concern.
It is unknown how long these precariously-placed casks will stay in Plymouth. Right now the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is in process of developing “consent-based siting” plans for more permanent storage solutions in collaboration with communities across the country. However, solutions are a long way away and no saying the process will even be successful.
The reality is that Pilgrim’s stockpile of high-level nuclear waste will have to be dealt with for hundreds of thousands of years. The film Containment will help put “our” radioactive waste problem in a broader, global perspective.