Don't let Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station get relicensed in its current unsafe state!
  • Petitioned Massachusetts' Governor Patrick and Lt. Governor Murray

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Massachusetts' Governor Patrick and Lt. Governor Murray
Massachusetts Governor

Don't let Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station get relicensed in its current unsafe state!

    1. Anna Baker
    2. Petition by

      Anna Baker

      Marshfield, MA

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is the same flawed design as the Fukushima reactors. They are General Electric boiling water reactors with Mark I containments. It does not take a tsunami or an earthquake to cause a nuclear meltdown: all it takes is loss of power.

The NRC's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Chair, Judge Young, has recommended to hold off on licensing until lessons learned from Fukushima have been implemented. Governor Patrick and Lt. Governor Murray should request that this happens on behalf of the residents of Massachusetts.

Pilgrim was designed to hold 800 spent fuel rods and it now has about 3,000 in it. If water is lost from its densely packed pool as a result of attack or accident, cooling would likely be insufficient to prevent a fire, resulting in the release of large quantities of radioactivity to the environment. The Attorney General estimated a pool fire at Pilgrim could result in $488 billion dollars in damages, 24,000 latent cancers and contamination 100 plus miles downwind. To reduce risk now when there is no place offsite to send the nuclear waste, we must require fuel assemblies to be transferred from currently overcrowded pools to dispersed, hardened dry cask storage within five years of being discharged from the reactor, with funding dedicated to state governments to independently monitor the onsite storage and regularly report the results to the public. Entergy, however, has no intention of returning the spent fuel pool to its safer low-density design, placing us at unnecessary and serious risk.

Japan’s nuclear safety chief recently testified that his country's nuclear regulations were fundamentally flawed and that the government was more interested in promoting nuclear energy than in safeguarding the health of its citizens. Let’s not let this be the case here.

Recent signatures


    1. TUESDAY: Rally at the State House regarding Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station

      Anna Baker
      Petition Organizer

      Dear friends,
      Thanks to you, Governor Patrick spoke up and said Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station's current situation seems "extremely troubling". Despite significant public pressure, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently relicensed Pilgrim for 20 more years. Your signatures were also important because the NRC is nonresponsive to Plymouth and its neighbors, so the only avenues for change continue to be reaching out to our elected officials and through the courts.

      A group of individuals and organizations concerned about the risks that Pilgrim poses have formed the Pilgrim Coalition. We have created a website and have an e-newsletter that comes out twice per month with all the latest information. Please sign up here:

      An important rally is being held at the State House, Boston, this Tuesday, June 19th at 1:00.
      Please come! See attached article for info.
      If not us, then who?

    2. Thanks go to Governor Patrick!

      Anna Baker
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to YOUR support and pressure regarding nuclear safety, this week Governor Patrick finally spoke up about the need for the NRC to address safety shortfalls at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station before the reactor is relicensed.

      "There are a number of serious concerns that have been raised regarding public safety, public health and the environment, and I request that the NRC thoroughly consider these matters prior to making any decision on Pilgrim's license renewal application," Patrick wrote in a two-page letter he sent to NRC Chairman Jackzo.

      Please take a moment to email or call his office and thank him for speaking up on our behalf: (617)725-4005 or constituent.

    3. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Roswitha Pinto ACTON, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      It is astonishing and inexcusable that our aging nuclear power plants are not held to the highest possible standard of safety at all times and in all locations. Why do we think the Germans did away with them altogether? To hurt themselves financially? Probably not.

    • Geralde Buckley KINGSTON, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      Concerns re the safety of nuclear plants.

    • Joan Hennessey SOUTH DENNIS, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      Power Down Pilgrim. Nuclear Energy is a disaster waiting to happen. Think of the children. If you look at the results of the Chernobyl mistake, you will see horrible anomalies in children born since the contamination. Fukushima? Something drifted to California, from where we in the Northeast get produce, some USDA Organic. Spoke with a retired nuclear engineer recently. He arrogantly stated, "Show me proof irradiated kelp [recently reported off the west coast] has caused cancer.

    • Doreen Hughes SOUTH YARMOUTH, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      Let's not have a Fukushima event in MA.

    • Ann Eno WESTFORD, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because the less power we have that is "nuclear" in this world, the healthier and safer we all will be.


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