Cape Downwinders campaign on Pilgrim Nuke Spent Fuel Storage

Goal: Move spent fuel at Pilgrim Nuke to dry cask storage


From Cape Downwinders:

Cape Downwinders has initiated a Non-Binding Public Advisory Question Campaign in all Cape Cod towns to alert citizens of the ongoing dangers presented by the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, MA.  This effort is a citizen's petition to Governor Baker to speak up for public safety.

The tons of dangerous high level nuclear waste housed in Pilgrim's spent fuel pool poses a significant and imminent threat to public health and safety. Because there is no federal repository to store the waste, it remains on site in Plymouth and will be there for decades. 

Now is the time for citizen action.

In 2013, the Cape Downwinders campaign for a vote to close Pilgrim passed in all 15 Cape Cod Towns.  With the continued operation of Pilgrim and production of nuclear waste, the dangerous spent fuel pool is also an ongoing threat. 

Approval for this non-binding public advisory question 


Provincetown, Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans, Chatham, Dennis, Mashpee, Bourne, and Sandwich 

places the petition on the spring ballot or warrant.   Other Cape town boards are scheduled to take up the petition request in March.


"Pools like the one at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station are a disaster waiting to happen," said Senator Ed Markey as quoted in the 11.25.16 online New Yorker magazine.


William Maurer of Falmouth supports dry cask storage instead of wet pool storage.  He states, "Dry cask storage is safer than leaving waste in the crowded pool but even then, the storage must meet the highest standards for safety and security."  

Diane Turco

of Harwich said

, "In light of the continued  operation of the troubled Pilgrim reactor, Entergy plans to refuel this spring, adding to the ongoing dangerous pile-up of the most toxic substance known to humankind.  Moving waste to dry casks is a safer choice than the current wet pool storage. "   Mary Conathan

of Chatham agrees

, "Nuclear waste will be a threat to our grandchildren, great grandchildren, and generations to come.  What a lethal legacy we are leaving them."

Joining the Cape Downwinders campaign are Down Cape Downwinders and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Cape Cod Chapter. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on