On November 4, 2014, 74% of voters in the Cape & Islands Senatorial District enthusiastically voted in favor of the question:
“Shall the state senator from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation to expand the radiological Plume Exposure Emergency Planning Zone around the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, an approximately 10 mile-radius area, to include all of Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket counties?”
Legislation to expand the zone has been introduced every year since 1988, but never passed both the House and the Senate in the same session. This year’s version of statehouse legislation, which would have expanded the zone to 20 miles to include Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket counties, died in the Joint Committee on Public Health.
In 1992, 78% of Cape and Island voters approved a citizen’s initiative requesting inclusion in the Emergency Planning Zone, but our government ignored the plea.
In 2013, an overwhelming majority of voters in each of Cape Cod’s 15 towns called for the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station to be closed and in early 2014 Martha’s Vineyard joined in this electoral call for the removal of the Fukushima-like threat posed by the PNPS.
On April 9, 2014, the Barnstable county commissioners joined the chorus of towns and groups calling for the Plymouth reactor’s shutdown.