96 Organizations Join Call to Suspend NRC Pilgrim License Transfer

Pilgrim Nuke controversy just never ends...

Harwich, MA - Greenpeace, Sierra Club, and Friends of the Earth join Cape Downwinders and Citizens Awareness Network and 91other concerned organizations in a call for suspension of the NRC Pilgrim license transfer to Holtec. On August 22, the NRC finalized the transfer from Entergy to Holtec without addressing petitions to intervene and request for adjudicatory hearings by the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office and Pilgrim Watch. Organizations from states where Holtec is directly involved such as California, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Michigan, and Massachusetts join on our petition requesting the NRC suspend the license transfer until all the contentions on radiological, environments, and financial concerns are heard and resolved. Holtec's parent company, SNC-Lavalin, is an Canadian based company with a shady business reputation. The full letter to the NRC is attached below.  

Diane Turco, Director of Cape Downwinders explains, "In their petition to intervene, the AGO identified the "risk of a funding shortfall is radiological, environmental, and financial."  This is a serious matter that must not be rushed in order to accommodate Holtec's bottom line.  Can we agree decommissioning must be done in the safest and most responsible manner?  That is not the guaranteed plan as it stands now. The Commonwealth has raised serious issues that must be resolved before the license transfer. With this quick transfer, there is now no leverage for Holtec to meet any of the Commonwealth's demands for public and environmental safety and financial security." 

Citizens Awareness Network Executive Director Deb Katz from Rowe, MA, comments on the NRC response to CDW and CAN's original request for suspension, "The Commission can't comment on our letter, but it can permit the transfer of a systemically mismanaged reactor to Holtec without a thorough analysis of its ability to adequately decommission the Pilgrim facility. The Commonwealth as well as concerned citizens have asked NRC to act prudently instead its chose to  protect a compromised corporation and its bottom line over the health and safety of the community."

Tim Judson, Director of Nuclear Resource and Information Center, Tacoma Park, MD,  shares his concerns. "The NRC seems to have no understanding of the gravity of the decisions it is making. If these risky decommissioning reactor sales prove to be a failure, states and local communities could be abandoned with leaking radioactive waste sites and no funds to clean them up. They will never be able to trust the NRC again. The only reason for NRC to rush to a decision is to satisfy the short-sighted self-interest of the industry. That's a recipe for disaster."

"Holtec has been implicated in bribery, paid a hefty fine, and was even barred from contracting with a federal agency over it," said Kevin Kamps, radioactive waste specialist at Beyond Nuclear. "Then Holtec's CEO Krishna Singh provided false information about it under oath to the State of New Jersey, to secure a tax break worth hundreds of millions of dollars. A company with so many skeletons in its closet cannot be trusted with decommissioning trust funds collectively worth billions, let alone the cleanup of radioactive contamination, and high-level radioactive waste management. NRC's rubber-stamp complicity, as at the Pilgrim nuclear reactor in Massachusetts, cannot stand," Kamps added.

Signed:

AND:

  • Albuquerque Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, Albuguerque, NM/Sara Keeney and Chadron Kidwell, Co-Clerks
  • Algonquin Eco Watch, Ontario, Canada/Mike Wilton, President
  • Alliance for Environmental Strategies, Eunice, NM/Rose Garder, Founder
  • Alliance to Halt Fermi-3, Livonia, MI/Keith Gunter, Board Chair
  • American Friends Service Committee, Cambridge, MA/Keith Harvey, Northeast            Regional Director
  • Association to Preserve Cape Cod, Dennis, MA/Andrew Gottlieb, Executive Director
  • Beyond Nuclear, Tacoma Park, MD/ Paul Gunter, Director, Kevin Kamps, Nuclear Waste Specialist
  • Boston Downwinders, Newton, MA/Guntram Mueller, Convener
  • Bruce Center for Energy Research Information, Inverhuron, Ontario/Eugene Bourgeois, President 
  • Bronx Climate Justice, North Bronx, NY/Jennifer Scarlott, Coordinator
  • Campaign for Peace, Disarmament, and Common Security, Cambridge, MA/Joseph Gerson, PhD, President
  • Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, Montreal, Quebec/Gordon Edwards, President
  • Canton Residents for a Sustainable, Equitable Future, Canton, MA/Jennifer Wexler, President 
  • Citizens Against Radioactive Neighbourhoods, Peterborough, Ontario/Jo Hayward-Haines, Contact
  • Citizens Against the Rehobeth Compressor Station, Rehobeth, MA/Tracy Manzella, Organizer
  • Citizens for Alternatives To Radioactive Dumping, Albuquerque, NM/Janet Greenwald, Coordinator
  • Citizens Power, Inc., Pittsburg, PA/David Hughes, President
  • Citizens' Resistance at Fermi Two (CRAFT), Redford, MI/Jessie Pauline Collins, Co-Chair
  • Clean Water Action, Brick, NJ/Janet Tauro, Board Chair
  • Coalition Against Nukes, Sag Harbor, NY/Priscilla Star, Founder and Director
  • Coalition For A Nuclear Free Great Lakes, Monroe, MI/Michael J. Keegan,  Chairperson
  • Committee for Future Generations, Beauval, Saskatchewan/Candyce Paul, Outreach Coordinator
  • Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety,  NM/Joni Arends, Executive Director
  • Concerned Citizens of Allegany County, Inc., Angelica, NY/Karen Ash, Chair
  • Concerned Citizens of Lacey, LLC, Lacey, NJ/Paul Dressler, Founder
  • Don't Waste Michigan, Holland, MI/Alice Hirt, Co-Chair
  • Duxbury Nuclear Advisory Committee, Duxbury, MA/Rebecca Chin, Co-Chair
  • Elders Climate Action Massachusetts, Cambridge, MA/Grady McGonagil, Ed.D, Founder
  • Engage Falmouth, Falmouth, MA/Elise Hugus, Convener
  • Environmental Massachusetts Research and Policy Center, Boston, MA/Ben Hillerstein, State Director 
  • Friends of the Earth, Washington, D.C./Damon Moglen, Senior Strategic Advisor
  • GRAMMES (Grandmothers, Mothers, and More for Energy Safety), Brick, NJ/Jeff Brown, founding member
  • Greenpeace USA, Washington, D.C./Charlie Cray, Political and Business Strategist
  • Gray Panthers of Metro Detroit/Randy Block, MSW, Chair, National Council of Gray Panthers
  • Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility, Boston, MA/Anna Baker, MPH, Executive Director
  • Heart of America Northwest, Seattle, WA/Peggy Maze Johnson, Coordinator
  • Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc., Beacon, NY/Manna Jo Greene, Environmental Director
  • Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition, Cortland Manor, NY/Marilyn Elie, Organizer
  • League of Women Voters Cape Cod Area, MA/Suzanne Brock, Richard Utt, Steering Committee
  • League of Women Voters Plymouth Area, MA /Henrietta Cosentino, Chair, Nuclear Affairs Committee
  • MA Peace Action, Cambridge, MA/Cole Harrison, Executive Director
  • Martha's Vineyard Island 350, MA/Ann Rosenkranz, Steering Committee Member 
  • MASSPIRG, Boston, MA/Janet Dominetz, Executive Director
  • New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light, Albuquerque, NM/Sr. Joan Brown, OSF, Executive Director
  • Michigan Safe Energy Future, Kalamazoo, MI/Iris Potter, Organizer
  • Michigan Stop The Nuclear Bomb Campaign, St. Clair Shores, MI/Vic Macks, Steering Committee
  • Mid-Missouri Peace Works, Columbia, MO/Mark Haim, Director
  • Mountain States Mennonite Conference, Taos, NM/Todd Wynard, Minister for Creative Justice
  • Native Community Action Council, Las Vegas, NV/Ian Zabarte, Secretary
  • Natural Resources Defense Council, Washington, D.C./Caroline Reiser, Legal Fellow
  • Nevada Nuclear Waste Task Force, Las Vegas, NV/Judy Trelchel, Executive Director
  • New Mexico Environmental Law Center, Santa Fe, NM/Douglas Meiklejohn, Executive Director
  • New York Safe Energy Campaign, NY, NY/Ken Gale, Founder
  • Newton Dialogues, Newton, MA/Susan Mirsky, Organizer
  • No Fossil Fuel, LLC and Clean Power, Inc., Kingston, MA/Mary O'Donnell, President
  • No More Fukushimas, Amesbury, MA/Joanne Hammond, Organizer
  • North American Water Office, Lake Elmo, MN/George Crocker, Executive Director and Lea Foushee, Environmental Justice Director
  • Northwatch, Northeastern Ontario, Canada/Brennain Lloyd, Project Coordinator
  • Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, NY, NY/Alice Slater, UN Representative
  • Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS), Chicago, IL/David Kraft, Director
  • Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS), Tacoma Park, MD/Tim Judson, Executive Director 
  • Nuclear Issues Study Group, Albuquerque, NM/Leona Morgan, Coordinator
  • Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance, Oak Ridge, TN/Ralph Hutchison, Coordinator
  • Occupy Bergen County, Bergen County, NJ/Sally Gillert, Organizer
  • Occupy Hingham, Hingham, MA /John Gauley, Co-Founder 
  • On Behalf of Planet Earth, Watertown, MA/Sheila Parks, Ed.D, Founder
  • Palisades Shutdown Campaign Coalition (PSCC), Kalamazoo, MI/Iris Potter, Bruce Brown, Co-Coordinators
  • Peace Abbey Foundation, Sherbon, MA/Lewis M. Randa, Director
  • Physicians For Social Responsibility, Kansas City Metro Area Missouri/Kansas, Ann Suellentrop, Project Director
  • Pilgrim Coalition, Plymouth, MA/Norm Pierce, PhD, Executive Committee
  • Pilgrims for Safe Decommissioning, Plymouth, MA/Love Albrecht Howard, Contact
  • Project Andrews County, Andrews, TX/Elizabeth Padilla, Leader
  • Redwood Alliance, Arcata, CA/Michael Welch, Coordinator
  • Safe and Green Campaign, Brattleboro, VT/Leslie Sachs-Sullivan, Convener
  • Safe Energy Rights Group, Peekskill, NY/Nancy Vann, President
  • Samuel Lawrence Foundation, Del Mar, CA /Bart Zeigler, PhD, President
  • Shut Down Indian Point Now (SDIPN), NY, NY/Catherine Skopic, Chair
  • Sierra Club Massachusetts/Deb Pasternak, Chapter Director
  • Sierra Club National Nuclear Free Campaign, Oakland, CA/Susan Corbett, Chair
  • Six Ponds Improvement Association, Plymouth, MA/Lawrence H. Delafield, President
  • Stop Algonquin Pipeline Expansion, Rockland, Putnam, Westchester Counties, NY/Suzannah Glidden, Co-Founder
  • Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice, Detroit, MI/John Philo, Executive and Legal Director
  • Sustainable Energy and Economic Development Coalition (SEED), Austin, TX/Karen Hadden, Organizer
  • Sustainable Middleborough, Middleborough, MA/Kimberly French, Organizer Team, 
  • Sustainable South Shore, Norwell, MA/Todd Breitenstein, Organizer
  • Three Mile Island Alert, Inc., Harrisburg, PA/Eric Epstein, Chairman
  • Toledo Coalition for Safe Energy, Toledo, OH/Terry Lodge, Convener
  • Toxics Action Center, Boston, MA/Claire Miller, Organizer
  • UUMass Action, Marlboro, MA/Laura Wagner, Executive Director
  • Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Alliance (VYDA), Montpelier, VT/Debra Sloleroff, Organizer
  • Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment, Watertown, MA/Tony Palomba, Steering Committee
  • Women's Energy Matters, Fairfax, CA/Jean Merrigan, Executive Director
  • Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Cape Cod Chapter, MA/Donna Pihl, Convener

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