June 11, 2015: 2.206 Petition – Emergency Planning (PDF)
PILGRIM WATCH, CAPE DOWNWINDERS AND THE TOWN OF DUXBURY NUCLEAR MATTERS COMMITTEE 2.206 PETITION TO MODIFY, SUSPEND, OR TAKE ANY OTHER ACTION TO THE OPERATING LICENSE OF PILGRIM STATION UNTIL THE NRC CAN PROVIDE REASONABLE ASSURANCE THAT ADEQUATE PROTECTIVE MEASURES BASED ON ACCURATE INFORMATION CAN AND WILL BE TAKEN TO SATISFY THE NRC’S OBLIGATION TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY
June 22, 2015: Group Letter to Governor Baker and 2.206 Petition (PDF)
(PRESS RELEASE: June 22, 2015) PLYMOUTH, MA – Today Pilgrim Watch, Cape Downwinders and the Town of Duxbury Nuclear Advisory Committee filed an enforcement petition with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The petitioners showed that during winter storms like Juno evacuation is not possible, despite false information provided by FEMA and MEMA to the NRC that the “State was capable of implementing their emergency plan, including evacuation.” Mary Lampert said, “Who are they kidding? Governor Baker declared a state of emergency, including a travel ban, due to Juno and delivered the order at MEMA headquarters. I watched it on TV and MEMA was RIGHT there with the Governor.”
As a result of lessons learned during Juno, Petitioner’s asked the NRC to amend Pilgrim’s license to require Pilgrim to shut down during severe winter storm conditions. Diane Turco, Cape Downwinders, called the request a “No-brainer” and that “It was very disturbing to have proof from NRC that both FEMA and MEMA falsely reported that evacuation had been possible, knowing otherwise.”
Becky Chin, Duxbury Nuclear Advisory Committee concluded that, “Because FEMA and MEMA provided the NRC with false information during Juno, there is no reason to believe that it was the only time. Therefore there is no basis for the NRC to believe Pilgrim’s Radiological Emergency Plans are adequate.” She added, “The Town of Duxbury knows they are not adequate and refused to approve the plan.” The group asked the NRC to send a special team to the Pilgrim area and reevaluate the adequacy of the plan and procedures, in consultation with the local emergency management directors, department heads, and public because FEMA’s and MEMA’s assessments have been shown to be untrustworthy.
Bill Mauer, Cape Downwinders, who has been studying the NRC Inspection Reports following the winter storms and Pilgrim’s loss of offsite power with equipment failures noted that, “NRC should amend its May 27, 2015 Inspection Report to explicitly state that during Juno there was no reasonable assurance that the State was capable of implementing their emergency plan, including evacuation. The licensee was out of compliance by remaining open and their evaluation should reflect that.”