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)
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