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Goal: 5,000 (by April 1, 2014)
Entergy’s long term storage of high level radioactive waste in our community poses a risk to our families, homes, businesses, environment and economy. Help us urge Plymouth officials to use their authority to protect public safety and the Town’s fiscal well-being before the opportunity is lost or becomes irreversible.
- Entergy stores over 40 years’ worth of highly dangerous nuclear waste at the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Plymouth, MA. This nuclear waste presents a risk to our health, safety, environment, and the economic well-being of our community.
- An accident involving nuclear waste at Pilgrim could result in up to $488 billion in damages to our homes, businesses, and economy, according to experts.
- Entergy currently stores its nuclear waste in a temporary spent fuel pool inside the nuclear reactor building at Pilgrim – about 30 ft. in the air.
- Entergy is quickly running out of room in Pilgrim’s spent fuel pool. Entergy cannot operate Pilgrim after 2015 unless it builds a new nuclear waste storage facility, called “dry cask storage.”
- In 2010 the federal government abandoned its proposed Yucca Mountain repository and no headway has been made on developing another federal storage site. U.S. nuclear plants now have to store their spent nuclear fuel on-site for a long time; estimates run as high as 300 years.
- Dry casks are much safer way to store spent fuel; however, Entergy’s plans for the dry cask facility needs improvements.
- In 2015, when Entergy has to refuel and replace Pilgrim’s nuclear waste assemblies, it will only move a small amount of nuclear waste out of the temporary pool and into dry casks. To ensure our safety, ALL fuel that has cooled >5 years outside of the reactor can and should be moved into dry casks as soon as possible.
- The storage facility should be placed considerably more than 25 feet above mean sea level and 100 yards from Cape Cod Bay. Entergy’s present plan leaves the facility vulnerable to major storm surges, corrosion, and sea level rise.
- Storage of any waste other than Pilgrim’s should be prohibited, monitoring should be required to measure temperature and radiation of the casks, and Entergy should be required to pay the Town of Plymouth enough compensation so that the town will not be left holding the financial bag.
- The Town of Plymouth has the authority – through zoning laws – to impose conditions (such as those mentioned above) to improve the safety of the dry cask project. Additionally, the town has the power to develop and enact ordinances to further protect the town environmentally, financially, and in terms of public health.