As of April, 2022, a million gallons of radioactive water (mostly in the fuel pool & the reactor building) remain to be disposed of. This is most urgent issue facing Pilgrim now.
HOLTEC’s plan to dump this water into Cape Cod Bay was revealed in early December to Congressman Keating, who leaked it to the press. When a minor uproar ensued, Holtec walked back its plan to start “over-boarding” during the first quarter of this year, instead promising not to dump this year “while evaluating options”. But in reality there are only two options: (1) dump it into the Bay, or (2) ship it off to a licensed radwaste site in Idaho. Option 2 is what Vermont Yankee chose to do. It is safer, costlier, and more logistically complicated. But it is the only safe option. Holtec does not want to spend the money. And the NRC allows such dumping.
What Can You Do?
Two pieces of emergency legislation address Holtec’s threat to overboard radioactive water are currently in the Joint Committee of the Judicary.
H.4444 [Cutler and LaNatra], “An Act relative to preventing the discharge of radioactive materials”, was heard in early February. Henrietta Cosentino, on behalf of our league, testified in its favor. Rosemary Shields testified on behalf of the Cape Cod League. The Public Comment period has been extended to April 14th.
S.2791 [Sen. Moran], is the Senate version of the same bill, also described as “An Act relative to preventing the discharge of radioactive materials). It is essentially the same as H.4444, except that S.2791 proposes stiffer fines for dumping.
Both bills start with this statement: “No person shall directly or indirectly deposit, dispose of, or discharge, any solid or liquid radioactive material directly or indirectly (i) in any coastal or inland waters as defined in section 1 of Chapter 131, (ii) within the rise and fall of the tide waters, or (iii) on any land owned by any other person….”
We urge you to support for both bills and request a hearing be held as soon as possible for the Senate version. Email, call, or both to express strong support for these bills before April 15.
A Hearing for this bill is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12 starting at 3pm. If you have strong feelings and the inclination to express them at the Hearing, you can sign up to give oral testimony!
Subject Line: Support for H.4444 and S.2791
Body: write a sentence of two expressing your support (and reasons, if you wish)
Signature: Name, address, phone number (VERY IMPORTANT)
- Chairman Senator James Eldridge 617.722.1120
- Vice-Chair Senator Eric Lesser 617.722.1291
- Chairman Representative Michael Day 617.722.2396
- Vice-Chair Representative Chynah Tyler 617.722.2450
CALL Governor Baker to support movement of these bills: 617.725.4005
CALL Rep. Peake, 617.722.2040, and Sen. Cyr, 617.722.1570, as part of the leadership, to press for a hearing. They both co-sponsored these bills.