Dan Wolf's talk at the "Rally at the Reactor"

"The biggest question I've been asked here today is 'why are you here?' And I guess I would answer that with a question which is 'where's everyone else?'"
Senator Wolf talking with concerned citizens at the rally on Sunday. Photo by Paul Rifkin.

What Senator Dan Wolf said at the Pilgrim Nuclear power plant on Sunday

The legacy that we're going to be leaving our children is a 60-year-old nuclear waste dump

I want to thank all the great citizen activists who are making this issue an issue that more and more people in our district understand - what the implications and possible outcomes are from this plant. The biggest question I've been asked here today is why are you here? And I guess I would answer that with a question which is 'where's everyone else?

I think this voice will continue to grow and grow and these crowds will continue to swell. Because of the great education that's going on and this really is about more and more information relative to the potential impact of this plant.

So, I'm going to say slowly what everybody here knows but that we need to take back out into the community. When this plant was licensed in the early 70s what it was licensed as was an energy station - it was licensed as an energy station for forty years.

The legacy that we're going to be leaving our children is a 60-year-old nuclear waste dump. That is not what we signed up for---it's not the legacy we want to leave our children. So the time to speak out is now. The plant has been here for the forty-year life that it was originally given. The deal was never that we would keep all the spent fuel here. It still is all here and the next 20-years worth will all still be here if we allow it to continue.

We have concerns on the Cape in my district about evacuation plans---we have concerns about the impact of an event and what it will do to the health and safety and the property values and the economy down there.

So the time to speak out is now. It's to hold our government officials, myself included, accountable and responsible. Ask us to do our job which is to act in your interest and in the interest of the citizens of this area - not in the interest of a corporation whose headquarters is in New Orleans, Louisiana. That's why I'm here, that's why we're all here and I think we're going to win this battle.

Thank you all very much.

Statement from State Senator Dan Wolf at the anti-nuclear rally in Plymouth, Sunday, May 19, 2013.

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