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The Fukushima Nuclear Accident
Ongoing Lessons for Massachusetts
Oct. 9 event with former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko, NRC Commissioner Peter Bradford, Nuclear Engineer and whistleblower Arnie Gundersen. Hosted at the Boston State House by Senator Dan Wolf.
Close Pilgrim: Vote Yes on 1
The Fukushima Nuclear Accident - Ongoing Lessons for New York - Oct. 8, 2013. Same lineup as in Boston, but with citizen activist and organizer extraordinaire Ralph Nader.
Nov. 5th, Barnstable - Here's why.
This Fukushima data from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore Laboratory represents just the first 25 hours of the expanding airborne plume
. Over 80% of the radioactive material released in the March 12, 2011 accident was waterborne and flowed into the Pacific Ocean; 80% of the airborne material blew over the Pacific Ocean. The accident is ongoing, "cold shutdown" has not occurred, and the location of the molten nuclear cores is unknown
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Regardless of how many times the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency n(MEMA) tells you the bridges will be open in the event of a severe accident at Pilgrim, it's not true. Entergy's emergency plans, which MEMA approves, show otherwise. The Sagamore bridge would be closed, the Bourne bridge may be. Once the traffic on the other side of the bridge abates - 6 hours in MEMA's estimation - the parking lot formerly known as Route 6 would 'flow freely'.
Latest Civil Resistance at Pilgrim
Ten Arrests; Entergy Free to Profit from Cancer Factory, their Emissions are Free to Trespass
"The [Nuclear Regulatory] Commission apparently has no longterm plan other than hoping for a geologic repository. If the government continues to fail in its quest to establish one, then SNF [spent nuclear fuel] will seemingly be stored on site at nuclear plants on a permanent basis." - from the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the District Of Columbia Circuit, June 8, 2012
There is no radiological emergency plan for Cape Cod or the Islands beyond trapping us on the Cape and "relocating" all living things from the most contaminated areas when they get around to it. Lest you think our government has done nothing to safeguard residents from an accident at our own Fukushima twin located in America's Hometown, see the Department of Public Health's Radiological Emergency Information for Farmers, Food Processors and Distributors. Simply imagine that you're a cow, and then you're protected!
Fukushima, where 4 reactors of Pilgrim's design exploded, including Unit 4 at left, which had no fuel
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Mother endangered Right Whale near PNPS on 1/15/13, calf is out-of-view
Seeking enforcement of Clean Water Act, citizens notify Entergy, DEP & EPA of 33,000+ violations and up to $831 million in civil penalties for Entergy's pollution of Cape Cod Bay from Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. See press release.
Says a reactor meltdown is an "absolute certainty" if a dam upstream of a nuclear station fails... and that such a scenario is hundreds of times more likely than the tsunami that hit Fukushima.
There is no safe level of radiation.
Both Cape Cod bridges could be temporarily closed if there's a nuclear disaster in Plymouth
by Jon Chesto, Boston Business Journal, October 15, 2012
Cape Cod residents concerned about the Pilgrim nuclear power plant have long known it was likely that the Sagamore Bridge would be shut to Cape traffic in the event of a disaster at the plant. But they just learned the Bourne Bridge could be off limits as well. This would mean drivers would have no way of evacuating the Cape during the immediate hours following a radioactive release at the Plymouth plant, owned by New Orleans-based Entergy Corp.... Read the article
Planning for disaster
Cape Cod Times lead editorial, October 13, 2012
...Although state authorities have put together an ersatz evacuation plan for natural disasters, it remains unclear just how to keep the Cape safe if something goes wrong at Pilgrim.... we live in a geographically challenged area when it comes to speedy departures from any local nuclear plant-related issues.... Entergy Nuclear, which owns Pilgrim, maintains that the 10-mile plan is sufficient, and that the best approach to dealing with a radiation emergency would be for those in affected areas to stay inside. That may very well be the case during the initial stages of a disaster, but it is hardly a long-term solution in the event of a catastrophic incident where the radiation cannot be contained in a timely manner. Read the editorial.