EcoLaw is working with a broad network of groups to raise awareness about the environmental pollution and public health hazards associated with the Pilgrim nuclear power station in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
- Pilgrim is owned by Entergy Corporation, based in Louisiana. Pilgrim is over 40 years old and is at the end of its life. It is polluting the environment in a variety of ways.
Legal Challenge to Entergy’s Dry Cask Storage Project
- One of the major dangers at Pilgrim is the unsafe storage of highly radioactive nuclear waste in “wet pools” inside the reactor building. Entergy has over 40 years worth of dangerous nuclear waste in these wet pools.
- Without proper local zoning approval, Entergy has started building an on-site “dry cask” nuclear waste storage facility — essentially nuclear dumpsters for this nuclear waste.
- Working with local residents, EcoLaw has filed a legal challenge to Entergy’ s failure to get local permits for the nuclear waste storage.
- The appeal was filed on April 25, 2013. A copy is here. Plymouth Zoning Appeal Press Release April 29
- On June 3, 2013, EcoLaw filed a legal brief with the Town on why Entergy needs a special permit for the “dry cask” nuclear waste storage facility. The brief is here in multiple parts because it is a large file.
- There will be a public hearing on EcoLaw appeal’s appeal on June 12 at Zoning Board of Appeals, Lincoln Street, Plymouth MA, 7:45 p.m.
Community Forum on Nuclear Waste In Plymouth
EcoLaw recently participated in community forum about how the Town of Plymouth can improve the design, siting, and operation of Entergy’s dry cask storage operation. A copy of the presentation is here: Community Forum Slides
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Read more about storing nuclear waste in the May 2012 report “U.S. Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage” from the Congressional Research Service.News Updates: