To the Editor:
As reported on primetime news this week, concerned citizens from the Cape area made a trip to the State House on March 10, to again urge Governor Deval Patrick to call on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to shut down the Pilgrim power plant in Plymouth.
Pilgrim has been plagued by numerous problems requiring four unexpected shutdowns and slowdowns in the past year, and a serious radioactive tritium leak has been revealed. The Pilgrim plant has been placed on a short list of the nation’s nine worst performers. Our state senator, Dan Wolf, is adamantly advocating for the decommissioning of this plant and a transition to alternate energy sources. The state currently gets 13 percent of total energy power from Pilgrim and is already committed to producing more than this amount from greener sources.
An additional cause for concern is the fact that there is no evacuation plan in place for Martha’s Vineyard, in the event of an accident and/or release of radiation. The director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), Kurt Schwarz, has unequivocally stated that an emergency evacuation off the Cape would be an impossibility. Residents here would “shelter in place” and be slowly relocated. Meanwhile we would be sickened, and our homes would become uninhabitable.
At town elections this spring, voters in most Island towns will be able to register their support or opposition on a non-binding resolution to close the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant. All 15 towns on the Cape voted by a landslide to support this resolution in 2013.