Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant Controversy

The decommissioning process of Pilgrim nuclear power plant, Massachusetts is underway and recently on the news because of its ongoing controversy. The reactor was shut down in 2019 and the decommissioning process was then started. The plan is to take fuel from the spent fuel repository to the dry cast storage facility. The controversy has erupted on the 1 million gallons of radioactive water present in the spent fuel pools. The people in the nearby area fear that the radioactive water will be released into Cape Cod Bay.

Neil Sheehan, public affairs officer of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has cleared all the situation. He explained that to start the first step of demolition it needs to dispose of the water from spent fuel pools inside the reactor building. The options are evaporating the water, shipping it off-site by truck and railway, or discharging the water into the bay. The most suitable option is treating the water to the suitable levels of radioactivity and disposing of it in Cape Cod Bay. The discharge of water will be monitored, and regular environmental reports will be published under the Radiological Environmental Monitoring Program, all within federal guidelines.

The boarding company, Holton Decommission International cleared that they are committed to public health safety. During decommissioning process, Regular checks and transparent communication will be maintained. They also provide the clarity that processed water will remain on-site and safely stored until further order. On January 31st, a meeting will be held between Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel, members of Cape Downwinders, and many local stakeholders.

Source: NBC Boston

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