Massachusetts Citizens Call for Pilgrim Closure

See below for the wishes of Martha’s Vineyard Voters.

The voters approved this statement in ALL 15 Cape towns (by a 2:1 margin):

we the people of _________ respectfully request Govenor Deval Patrick to call upon the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to uphold their mandate to shut the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth because the public safety, particularly Cape Cod residents and visitors, cannot be assured.

In many town meetings the non-binding measure passed by an overwhelming majority and votes were not counted; totaling all votes counted on the Cape, it was 16, 702 in favor and 8,312 opposed – slightly better than a 2 to 1 margin! Here are some reasons why we demand the permanent closure of this reactor, and here are some things the Governor should have done years ago.

The 2013 Question

Whereas, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz has acknowledged that Cape residents and visitors are “in harm’s way” in the event of a radiological accident at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth;

Whereas, MEMA has determined that Cape residents and visitors will not be evacuated but plans to relocate Cape citizens after exposure to dangerous radioactive materials released in an accident;

Whereas, citizens of the Town of ___________ find this State response to Pilgrim’s threat to our health and safety unacceptable and in violation of the public trust;

Therefore, be it resolved that we the people of ___________ respectfully request Governor Deval Patrick to call upon the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to uphold their mandate to shut Entergy’s Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth because the public safety, particularly Cape and Islands residents and visitors, cannot be assured.

Town Format Date Contact Forum Status
Provincetown Warrant Article April 3 Barbara Rushmore
pmacara@capecod.net
April 6 passed
197-2
Wellfleet Ballot Question April 30 Olga Kahn
olgakahn@comcast.net
passed
639-206
Truro Warrant Article May 2 Maureen Burgess
mburgess08@gmail.com
passed
big majority
Mashpee Warrant Article May 6 Arlene Williamson
a.williamson99@comcast.net
April 26 passed
landslide
Sandwich Warrant Article May 6 Sarah Cote
sarah@reliance.org
passed –
wide margin
Bourne Warrant Article May 6 Margaret Stevens
cybermaga@gmail.com
May 3 passed
Eastham Warrant Article May 6 Dianna Morton
dianna487@comcast.net
passed
Orleans Warrant Article May 13 Doug Long
outermost@gmail.com
 May 10 passed landslide
Dennis Ballot Question May 14 Sarah Thacher
ben.thacher@hotmail.com
passed 1,022-489
Chatham Ballot Question #2 May 16 Eve Dalmolen
edalmolen625@comcast.net
passed 890-482
Brewster Ballot Question #1 May 21 Sue Sullivan
sue@ecape.com
May 2 passed 953-410
Harwich Ballot Question #7 May 21 Diane Turco
tturco@comcast.net
 May 17 passed 757-290
Orleans Ballot Question 10 May 21 Doug Long
outermost@gmail.com
 May 10 passed 1530-657
Falmouth Ballot Question #18 May 21 Joyce Johnson
joyceajohnson1@verizon.net
April 3 passed 4933-3414
Yarmouth Ballot Question #2 May 21 Mary Zepernick
people@poclad.org
passed 1,547 to 820
Barnstable Ballot Question #1 Nov 5 Nina Tepper Nov 2 passed 4,234 to 1,562

 

In 2014, Five Martha’s Vineyard towns called for Pilgrim to be closed;
the Edgartown selectmen wrote this letter* to the governor.

The voters approved this statement in Tisbury and Aquinnah:

We the people of the Town of _________ , respectfully request Governor Deval Patrick to call upon the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to uphold their mandate to shut down Entergy’s Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth because the public safety, particularly that of Cape and Islands residents and visitors, cannot be assured.

The voters approved this statement in West Tisbury, Chilmark and Oak Bluffs:

We the people of the Town of _________ , respectfully request that Governor Deval Patrick use the power of his office to require that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission uphold their mandate to responsibly decommission and shut down Entergy’s Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, MA because the public safety, particularly that of Cape and Islands residents, cannot be assured.

Voters’ response to the above Questions

Town Format Date Status
Oak Bluffs Town Meeting April 8 Landslide
West Tisbury Town Meeting April 8 155-2 in favor
Chilmark Format April 28 98-2 in favor
Tisbury Ballot May 13 Passed**
Aquinnah Ballot May 14 136-19 in favor

* the letter has this request: “The Edgartown Selectmen would like to join with the other Cape and Island towns in urging you to continue to call upon the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to assure the safety and well-being of our region by closing the Pilgrim station.”

** count will be posted here when known.

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