Cape Downwinders rally on January 9th

NRC inspectors return for third part of inspection

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission Special Inspection Team returns for the final phase of the three part special inspection of the Pilgrim reactor due to serious and repetitive problems. For a second year, Pilgrim is one step from federally mandated shutdown.  Groups will rally at the Pilgrim gate to highlight the dangers and demand immediate shutdown to protect public safety. 

A recent leaked email from an NRC seasoned special inspector reveals the unvarnished truth that the continued operation of the troubled Pilgrim threatens public safety.  "We are observing current indications of a safety culture problem that a bunch of talking probably won't fix." concludes NRC Special Inspector Don Jackson in the email. Plymouth and area residents, Cape Cape Downwinders, Citizens Awareness Network, and many other citizen groups demand action to protect the public. 

Cape Downwinder William Maurer said, "After reviewing Pilgrim's safety performance history. I'm convinced more than ever that Pilgrim shut down is long overdue.Trust the observations in the leaked email. As NRC inspector Don Jackson stated, "We are observing current indications of a safety culture problem that a bunch of talking probably won't fix."   "NRC is mandated to protect the public health and safety not Entergy's bottom line. This email demonstrates Entergy's systemic mismanagement and incompetence as well as NRC's flagrant disregard for our safety," said Deb Katz, Executive Director of Citizens Awareness Network.  Cape Downwinder Director Diane Turco states, "Given the poor performance history coupled with this alarming email highlighting the dangers Pilgrim presents to the public, including Boston and the 5 million people in the 50 mile emergency planning zone, the only responsible outcome is to close Pilgrim to protect public safety."  Plymouth resident Love Albrecht Howard observed, "This email might actually save our lives".  

NRC email

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