We would all like to breathe a sigh of relief that Entergy is pulling the plug on the Pilgrim reactor.
Entergy's fleet of Northeast nukes is a sinking ship. Vermont Yankee crashed against the rocks last year; now Pilgrim and FitzPatrick are the latest casualties. Pilgrim is unable to compete in the brave new world of renewable energy production.
With growing investment in renewables, costs of solar dropping, declining energy use, and the low cost of natural gas, Pilgrim is losing money--a lot of money. Pilgrim is expected to lose more than $120 million in the next three years! So, it's closing.
But is Pilgrim closing? It announced that by 2019 it will shutter. That's 3 ½ years of continued operation of a systemically mismanaged nuke on the NRC watch list playing Russian roulette with Massachusetts. And what does its financial losses mean for safe operation? For adequate maintenance? Is it reasonable to have a reactor shutter only in bad weather to avoid an accident?
Pilgrim's power must be replaced; and it must be replaced now with sustainable energy- communities shouldn't have to live with this uncertainty. Neither should the state.
Listed below are the groups working to CLOSE PILGRIM NOW!
350 MVI (Martha's Vineyard): Anne Rosenkranz, (508) 944-6405, email@example.com
Occupy Hingham: John Gaulley, (781) 385-0120, Facebook: Occupy Hingham
No More Fukushimas: Bruce Skud, (978) 204-6794, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sierra Club: MA Sierra Club, Emily Norton, Chapter Director, (617) 423-5775 x11, www.sierraclub.org/massachusetts/nuclear