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):
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.
|Provincetown||Warrant Article||April 3||Barbara Rushmore
|Wellfleet||Ballot Question||April 30||Olga Kahn
|Truro||Warrant Article||May 2||Maureen Burgess
|Mashpee||Warrant Article||May 6||Arlene Williamson
|Sandwich||Warrant Article||May 6||Sarah Cote
|Bourne||Warrant Article||May 6||Margaret Stevens
|Eastham||Warrant Article||May 6||Dianna Morton
|Orleans||Warrant Article||May 13||Doug Long
|May 10||passed landslide|
|Dennis||Ballot Question||May 14||Sarah Thacher
|Chatham||Ballot Question #2||May 16||Eve Dalmolen
|Brewster||Ballot Question #1||May 21||Sue Sullivan
|May 2||passed 953-410|
|Harwich||Ballot Question #7||May 21||Diane Turco
|May 17||passed 757-290|
|Orleans||Ballot Question 10||May 21||Doug Long
|May 10||passed 1530-657|
|Falmouth||Ballot Question #18||May 21||Joyce Johnson
|April 3||passed 4933-3414|
|Yarmouth||Ballot Question #2||May 21||Mary Zepernick
|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
|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|
|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.