Campaign for Safe Energy
IT’S TIME WE RETIRE PILGRIM—After 40 years of operation, Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station’s license is scheduled to close down in 2017. MASSPIRG is working to ensure that Pilgrim, one of the most dangerous nuclear power plants in the coutnry, retires as soon as possible.
IT’S TIME TO CLOSE DOWN PILGRIM
MASSPIRG has worked for decades to close Pilgrim down, and we celebrated the announcment in September 2015 that its official shut down has been scheduled for 2017. However, Pilgrim is one of the most dangerous in nuclear power plants in the country, which is saying something given how dangerous nuclear power is, and 2017 is not good enough. As long a Pilgrim is open, Bay Staters on the Cape, South Shore, and Metro Boston remain at risk:
• Pilgrim’s 40-year-old General Electric Mark I reactor is the same weak and outdated design as some of those that failed in Fukushima.
• A recent Nuclear Regulatory Commission report found that Pilgrim is the second-most at-risk nuclear plant in the country from a potentially catastrophic earthquake.
• There are more than 1.2 million pounds of radioactive waste currently stored on site — if a fire were to occur in one of the storage pools, thousands could die as a result.
• In the case of a major catastrophe, evacuation plans aren’t sufficient — families on the Cape would have to drive toward Pilgrim to get out of harm’s way, and the millions in the metro-Boston area would quickly become stuck in gridlock.
NUCLEAR POWER IS INHERENTLY UNSAFE
While we look forward to the end of Pilgrim, we continue our 40 year fight against all nuclear power. It's inherently dangerous, potentially catastrophic and a terrible investment for our country.
More than 70% of Bay Staters live within the 50-mile evacuation zone of a nuclear power plant — that’s more than 4.6 million men, women and children who are one unlikely series of mishaps away from potential disaster.
There is no known safe level of exposure to radiation, and mortality rates from more than mild exposure is extremely high. The levels of radiation that could escape from our reactors in the event of an accident or natural disaster could dramatically harm human health.
The cheapest, cleanest energy is the energy we don’t use in the first place. Whether you care about improving air quality, fending off the worst impacts of global warming, or simply saving money, energy efficiency and conservation are critical.
Two small explosions last night at a Texas chemical facility highlight that comprehensive emergency regulations need to be enforced more strictly at chemical plants.
The drinking water for 4.8 million people in Massachusetts could be at risk of radioactive contamination from a leak or accident at nuclear power plants in the region, says a new report released today by the MASSPIRG Education Fund and Environment Massachusetts Research and Policy Center.
American nuclear power plants are not immune to the types of natural disasters, mechanical failures, human errors, and losses of critical electric power supplies that have characterized major nuclear accidents such as the one at Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan. Indeed, at several points over the last 20 years, American nuclear power plants have experienced “close calls” that could have led to damage to the reactor core and the subsequent release of large amounts of radiation.
Industries across the United States pump billions of pounds of toxic chemicals into our air, land, and water each year, many of which can cause cancer and other severe health effects. The Environmental Protection Agency's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) program provides Americans with the best information about toxic chemicals released in their communities.
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