Union of Concerned Scientists member speaks on Pilgrim Nuke safety

Dave Lochbaum on Pilgrim Safety Violations, January 30th in Plymouth
Dave Lochbaum of the Union of Concerned Scientists. Courtesy of Cape Downwinders.

The public is invited to hear experts on nuclear safety and regulation speak about the ʻleakedʼ NRC email and implications of ongoing safety violations at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has conducted a special inspection due to the 2105 downgrade performance that puts Pilgrim one step from federally mandated shut down. The final report is pending.

Date:  Monday, January 30, 2017

When:  7:00-8:30 PM

Where: Plymouth Senior Center, 41 Obery Street, Plymouth

The program is a free public event to inform and educate citizens in order to prepare for the NRC public meeting to be held on January 31 at the Hotel 1620 in Plymouth at 6:30 PM.  This is an opportunity to learn more and have questions clarified.  Union of Concerned Scientist Dave Lochbaum, Director of the Nuclear Safety Project, will lead the discussion followed by  Q&A .  Also joining Mr. Lochbaum is Deb Katz from Citizens Awareness Network and Mary Lampert from Pilgrim Watch.  Heather Lightner from Concerned Neighbors of Pilgrim and Diane Turco from Cape Downwinders will moderate.

"We are observing current indications of a safety culture problem that a bunch of talking wonʼt fix."  NRC 'leaked' 12.6.16 email.


Dave Lochbaum, Director, Nuclear Safety Project

Dave Lochbaum is one of the nation's top independent nuclear power experts. As director of UCS's Nuclear Safety Project, Mr. Lochbaum monitors ongoing safety issues at U.S. reactors, testifies before Congress and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and provides informed analyses of nuclear plant conditions and incidents, such as the March 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi facility in Japan.

A nuclear engineer by training, Mr. Lochbaum worked at nuclear power plants for 17 years, including many that are similar to the General Electric reactors at the Fukushima plant. He left the industry in the early 1990s after blowing the whistle on unsafe practices and joined UCS in 1996. He then left UCS in 2009 to work for the NRC as a reactor technology instructor and returned to his post at UCS a year later.

Mr. Lochbaum has authored numerous reports, including The NRC and Nuclear Power Plant Safety in 2010, the first in a series of reports he produces annually. Over the years he has been cited thousands of times by a wide range of news organizations, including the Boston Globe, Business Week, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Time, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, CBS, CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox, Fox Business, MSNBC, NBC and NPR. Mr. Lochbaum also co-authored the critically acclaimed book,Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster (New Press), which was published in February 2014.


Deb Katz

2016 Deb Katz is the Executive Director of Citizens Awareness Network, which was instrumental in the closure of four New England nuclear reactors including Vermont Yankee, intervened in NRC proceedings on the decommissioning of the Yankee Rowe and CT Yankee reactors,  won a lawsuit against the NRC for the illegal decommissioning of the Rowe reactor, organized a Peoples Summit on High Level Waste in Middletown CT as well as a Peoples' Decommissioning hearing and Decommissioning Forums throughout New England, advised the state of Vermont on decommissioning issues and was instrumental in the creation of a Citizens Advisory Panel for the decommissioning of the Vermont Yankee reactor. In 2000, she won the Giraffe Award for sticking her neck out to protect Northeast reactor communities and  The House of Representative from the Commonwealth of MA cited her for outstanding leadership and service in the public health field.


Mary Lampert

Mary Lampert, a 30-year resident of Duxbury, is the executive director of Pilgrim Watch, a non-profit organization that serves the public interest on health and safety issues regarding the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station located in Plymouth MA and other U.S. commercial nuclear reactors

Over the past 25 years, Mary regularly has taken part in each of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) opportunities for public involvement: Licensing, Enforcement Proceedings, Rule Change Petitions, and public meetings. Also, Mary has been invited by NRC to participate on panels at NRC on emergency planning, spent fuel, and lessons learned from Fukushima. 

Mary served as a panelist on the US Department of Energy Consent Based Siting effort for the long-term management of our nations spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste; and the President's Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future focused on spent fuel storage.

Locally, Mary served as Chairman of the Town of Duxbury Nuclear Advisory Committee (1990 to 2011), and as Co-Chair (2011 to date). Mary serves on numerous state and public interest boards that focus on public health and safety issues pertaining to commercial nuclear reactors. 

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