1988 Archive: Restart of the Pilgrim I Nuclear Powerplant

Hearing before the Committee on Labor and Human Resources, United States Senate, One Hundredth Congress, second session (January 7, 1988 – Plymouth, MA)

Examining the proposed restart of the Plymouth, MA, nuclear power plant, and the potential implications for the public health and safety in the surrounding communities

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The testimony in this report includes the following statements:

“The presence of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station (PNPS)-related isotopes has been documented offsite in shellfish, ocean fish, algae, ocean floor sediment, and garden produce. In addition, PNPS-related isotopes are present in water samples from the discharge canal, and a single isotope, H-3 (Tritium), has been found in a nearby pond. Onsite locations that monitor for airborne radiation are positive for Co-60 (Cobalt).*”

“Cesium (Cs-137), Cobalt (Co-60), and Tritium (H-3) have been present in discharge canal samples. H-3 has been found at Bartlett Pond. These isotopes, according to Boston Edison, are attributed to operation of PNPS.”

“Samples from the discharge canal have been positive for Mn-54, Zn-65, Co-60, Co-58, and C8-137. Samples from Manomet Point have been positive for Mn-54, Co-60, Cs-137, Zn-65. Testing for Co-60, Cs-137 has been positive in Warren Cove samples. According to Boston Edison, all of these isotopes are attributable to operation of PNPS.”

“Algae samples are collected quarterly from the discharge canal, Manomet Point, and Ellisville. Samples from the discharge canal have demonstrated Zn-65, Cs-137, Mn-54, Co-58 and Co-60. Algae from Manomet Point have demonstrated Mn-54 and Co-60. Ellisville has been positive for Mn-54 and Co-60. According to Boston Edison, all of these isotopes are attributable to operation of PNPS.”

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