Rally at the Pilgrim Nuclear Reactor ends with 10 arrested for trespass

May 21, 2013

Arlene Williamson (774) 521-3347

Rally at the Pilgrim Nuclear Reactor ends with 10 arrested for trespass

PLYMOUTH, MA – A “Rally at the Reactor” took place at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station last Sunday with featured speakers Senator Dan Wolf, poet Marge Piercy and Fukushima native, Chikako Nishiyama, who shared stories of the nuclear tragedy that devastated her home town in Japan. The large crowd was entertained with music provided by bard insurgent Tom Neilson and Lynn Waldron.

Cape Downwinders, who organized the rally, delivered a strong message to Entergy (the corporate owner of the Pilgrim facility) which stated they will no longer tolerate Pilgrim’s negligence in endangering the health and safety of the surrounding communities.

The 41 year old nuclear facility has exceeded its life span and the risk of a nuclear accident increases every day Pilgrim’s GE Mark l Boiling Water Reactor continues to operate. The reactor at Pilgrim is the exact same design as the three reactors that exploded in Fukushima, Japan in March 2011. The relicensing of the Pilgrim Facility took place last year to extend its life for an additional 20 years even though it was strongly opposed by Governor Patrick, Attorney General Martha Coakley, Congressmen Bill Keating and Ed Markey, State Senator Dan Wolf as well as the National Park Service of Cape Cod. Gregory Jaczko the NRC chairman at the time of the relicensing voted not to relicense this flawed reactor because of what he learned from the Fukushima catastrophe. He later resigned from the NRC and today has gone on record stating “Continuing to put Band-Aid on Band-Aid is not going to fix the problem.”

The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is showing its age by having one problem after another in recent months. They have included various valve leaks, equipment malfunctions, underground pipes leaking tritium and in the early hours yesterday the turbine auxiliary oil pumps failed resulting in a fire.

Senator Dan Wolf spoke to the crowd and stated ” When this plant was licensed in the early 70’s what it was licensed as was an energy station — it was licensed as an energy station for forty years. The legacy that we’re going to be leaving our children is a 60-year-old nuclear waste dump. The deal was never that we would keep all the spent fuel here.”

The rally ended with 10 activists being arrested for trespassing while they attempted to deliver their message to an Entergy representative. Joyce Johnson of Falmouth, William Maurer of Falmouth, Janet Azarovitz of Falmouth, Arlene Williamson of Mashpee, Sarah Thacher of Dennis, Margaret Rice-Moir of Brewster, Diane Turco of Harwich, Doug Long of Orleans, Femke Rosenbaum of Wellfleet and Debbie McCullough of Truro, were arraigned in Plymouth District Court today. They will appear in the Plymouth District Court for a pretrial hearing on July 19, 2013.

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