Massachusetts Senator Edward J. Markey is calling on the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission to ensure that the spent fuel at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station and other nuclear plants around the country is safely protected from rising seas.
In a letter sent Monday to the commission’s chairman, Markey expressed “serious concerns” about the plant’s plans to store the radioactive material in more than 60 large cylinders called dry casks, eight of which are just 200 feet from the shoreline at an elevation of about 25 feet above Plymouth Bay.
“As plants like Pilgrim shutter across the nation and plan to store spent nuclear fuel on site for years — even decades — to come, it is imperative that these plants and the NRC regulations fully consider the impacts of climate change on dangerous nuclear waste,” Markey wrote to Kristine L. Svinicki.
Pilgrim is slated to close by June of next year. (read more)
WESTFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -Western Mass News has learned exclusively that Westfield city officials met with Sen. Elizabeth Warren's office Monday morning to discuss municipal water.
Residents met with the senator's staff too as they all look for a solution.
With three of four wells shut off on the north side of Westfield, residents continue to seek answers about possible water contamination.
Just a week after city officials met to answer city council's questions, they met Monday morning with Senator Warren's office to discuss the ongoing water debate.
This, just a month after the city council voted down a $13 million bond request for the water department that included both temporary and permanent filtration systems for the city's contaminated wells. (read more)
State legislature to consider Somerville Retirement Board’s fossil fuel divestment (Wicked Local Somerville 4/2/18)
The City of Somerville recently submitted a home rule petition to the Massachusetts state legislature in regards to fossil fuel divestment.
On Feb. 22, the Board of Aldermen unanimously approved the petition, which was submitted to the House of Representatives where State Rep. Denise Provost has taken the lead.
“If it is agreed and ratified, then we believe, our understanding is, that it would provide the retirement board to divest any piece of its portfolio from fossil fuels at any point,” said SRB member Alex Nosnik. (read more)
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