The Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth was officially shut down on May 31, 2019, and is in the process of decommissioning. Decommissioning is the process by which nuclear power plants are safely retired from service. The progression involves decontaminating the facility to reduce residual radioactivity, dismantling the structures, removing contaminated materials to appropriate disposal facilities and releasing the property for other uses. The owner remains accountable to the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) until decommissioning has been completed and the agency has terminated its license. LWV of the Plymouth area has been active in ensuring that the public is aware of the risks associated with the decommissioning and advocating for safety of Plymouth’s citizens, land, and waters.
League member Henrietta Cosentino is the Plymouth representative on the local NDCAP (Nuclear Decommissioning Advisory Panel). She keeps the league up to date on the most recent activities and sends out calls to action when vital legislation needs support.
Her most recent (January 2023) report is available here.