In the News
Staff Reports, NBC Boston
Mass. Lawmakers Condemn Proposal to Dump Radioactive Water Into Cape Cod Bay
The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth shut down in 2019, and ever since, there has been speculation about what will happen to the million gallons of radioactive waste sitting offshore
Douglas MacMillan, The Washington Post
The dangerous business of dismantling America’s aging nuclear plants
Accidents at New Jersey’s Oyster Creek power plant have spurred calls for stricter oversight of the burgeoning nuclear decommissioning industry
Sukie & David Amory, The Boston Globe
Option to dump wastewater is not an option
Holtec International announced that its decommissioning plan for the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant includes the option of dumping 1 million gallons of radioactive wastewater into Cape Cod Bay.
Sarah Carlon, Cape Cod Times
Cape town leaders oppose radioactive water release in Cape Cod Bay, in letters filed at hearing
Emergency legislation filed in January subject of April 12 joint judiciary committee hearing
The Barnstable Patriot
'Too much at stake to gamble': Barnstable Town Council condemns Holtec plan
As our community is located along Cape Cod Bay with 48,000 year-round residents and 150,000 seasonal residents and visitors, we are very concerned about the potential adverse impacts Holtec’s proposed action would have on our residents’ and visitors’ health, the environment and the local economy.
Thomas A. Bass, The American Scholar
The Bomb Next Door
Eighty years into the atomic age, U.S. nuclear power reactors have produced several million tons of radioactive waste—and we still have no idea how to dispose of it
Matthew Tomlinson, CapeCod.com NewsCenter
Advocates Holding Rally In Wellfleet Against Dumping In Cape Cod Bay
Cape Downwinders and Save Our Bay are organizing a rally at Mayo Beach in Wellfleet on Tuesday, June 14 from 3 to 4 pm to protest the proposed discharge of radioactive water from Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station into Cape Cod Bay.
Mike Damiano, Boston Globe
‘This can’t happen’: Plymouth in uproar over possible plan for radioactive waste
“If you make your living on the water, if your kids swim in the water, you have no interest in putting radioactive material into the water.” said Paul Quintal, the owner of Plymouth Cruises and a member of the Plymouth Harbor Committee.
Hongyu Liu, The Patriot Ledger
'Not one drop': Hundreds rally in Plymouth to prevent dumping radioactive water into ocean
PLYMOUTH – About 250 residents gathered at the Town Wharf in Plymouth Saturday to protest possible nuclear waste dumping by Holtec International into Cape Cod Bay off the Plymouth coast.
Theodore Bosen, Old Colony Memorial
GUEST COLUMN: Holtec's planned nuclear dump
Holtec argued that their planned nuclear dump into the bay will have a negligible environmental impact because past aqueous releases did no harm over several decades of Pilgrim’s operation. Not so!
Dumping treated nuclear wastewater in Pacific Ocean not recommended
Japan has proposed discharging treated nuclear wastewater into the Pacific Ocean, and an independent panel of global experts on nuclear issues was developed to support Pacific nations in their consultations. Robert Richmond, a research professor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) and director of the Kewalo Marine Laboratory, was one of five experts selected to join the panel.
Attorney General Balderas Announces Lawsuit to Halt Holtec Nuclear
-Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the State of New Mexico filed suit against the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission ("NRC" or "the Commission") and the United States seeking to stop them from indefinitely storing the nation’s supply of high level radioactive waste in South Eastern New Mexico.
Letters of Support
Joint Letter to Kelly Trice
Congress of the United States
We write to express our opposition to the proposed discharge of radioactive water from Pilgrim
Nuclear Power Station (Pilgrim) into Cape Cod Bay.
Markey Federal Hearing Joint Letter
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts General Court
As the State Senators and Representatives elected to serve the Plymouth, Cape Cod and
Islands region,1 we submit this joint letter to voice our concerns about the environmental and
economic consequences of decommissioning practices at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station
(PNPS) located in Plymouth, Massachusetts and currently operated by Holtec International
Sheila Lynch-Benttinen to NOAA & NRC
Sheila Lynch-Benttinen, Duxbury Resident & Former President of Save The Harbor/Save The Bay
This letter is in regard to a potential violation of The Endangered Species Act (ESA)and the potential disposal of over one million gallons of radioactive water at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth, Massachusetts by Holtec, LLC. The
ESA legally requires coordination between Federal Agencies to coordinate the protection of endangered species.
CLF Letter to Holtec
Conservation Law Foundation
Conservation Law Foundation is writing to express its strong opposition to the disposal of radioactive wastewater from the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station into Cape Cod Bay.
MSC Pilgrim Nuclear Letter
Massachusetts Seafood Collaborative
We are writing to strenuously oppose the dumping of approximately one million gallons of
radioactive water from the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station into Cape Cod Bay by Holtec
Testimony in support of An Act relative to preventing the discharge of radioactive materials.
We write in support of House bill 4444, An Act relative to preventing the discharge of