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Delay licensing Pilgrim nuclear reactor, urge politicians

Politicians urge the NRC to further prolong its review of the Pilgrim nuclear reactor’s license, Mass. Market,  2012 May 7 by Jon Chesto Now that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission could be on the verge of finally renewing the license for the Pilgrim nuclear power plant, a number of prominent Bay State politicians have been lining up to support Mary Lampert’s cause.

Lampert, of course, is the chief ringleader behind the Pilgrim Watch advocacy group  and arguably the biggest reason it has taken the NRC more than six years (setting a new record) to review the Plymouth plant’s relicensing request.

Lampert and her allies still have unresolved contentions before the NRC. But the agency’s staff is recommending to the commission  that oversees the agency that Entergy Corp., Pilgrim’s owner, be given the green light for Pilgrim anyway.

That recommendation prompted several politicians to urge the NRC to put the brakes on the license renewal, at least until every pending issue is resolved. The politicians who sent letters to NRC chairman Gregory Jaczko in the last week about Pilgrim include U.S. Rep. Edward Markey, a Democrat who specializes in energy issues; U.S. Rep. Bill Keating, the Democrat who represents Cape Cod and much of the South Shore in Congress; state Rep. Bob Hedlund, a Republican from the South Shore; and Cape Cod lawmakers Rep. Sarah Peake and Sen. Dan Wolf.  Politicians urge the NRC to further prolong its review of the Pilgrim nuclear reactor’s license | Mass. Market


May 10, 2012 - Posted by | opposition to nuclear, USA

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