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Status and Future of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant
February 28, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
As you may recall, last November’s ballot in the City of Newton included a non-binding referendum calling for the shutting down of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant. That referendum results were:
A) Yes (to call for closing Pilgrim) 6168 (69%)
B) No 2189 (31%)
You may also recall, AFTER the plant operator (Entergy) announced that it planned to shut down the plant by June 2019 – which is only 3 1/2 years from now, so many Newton voters probably presumed that this was a moot question and did not bother to vote to close the plant. It is not unreasonable to think that the 69% ‘Yes’ vote would have been even higher without Entergy’s announcement shortly before the vote.
However, the blizzard that hit The Cape a week ago demonstrated, yet again, how lax the operation of the plant is and why it is still necessary to keep up the pressure to get the plant closed as soon as possible.
Presentations will be by Guntram Mueller of Mass Downwinders (who led the drive for last November’s resolution in Newton) and Diane Turco of Cape Downwinders (who has been active establishing and leading the efforts of Cape residents to get the plant closed).