Campaign for Safe Energy

IT’S TIME WE RETIRE PILGRIM—After 40 years of operation, Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station’s license is scheduled to close down in 2017. MASSPIRG is working to ensure that Pilgrim, one of the most dangerous nuclear power plants in the coutnry, retires as soon as possible.


MASSPIRG has worked for decades to close Pilgrim down, and we celebrated the announcment in September 2015 that its official shut down has been scheduled for 2017. However, Pilgrim is one of the most dangerous in nuclear power plants in the country, which is saying something given how dangerous nuclear power is, and 2017 is not good enough. As long a Pilgrim is open, Bay Staters on the Cape, South Shore, and Metro Boston remain at risk:

• Pilgrim’s 40-year-old General Electric Mark I reactor is the same weak and outdated design as some of those that failed in Fukushima.

• A recent Nuclear Regulatory Commission report found that Pilgrim is the second-most at-risk nuclear plant in the country from a potentially catastrophic earthquake.

• There are more than 1.2 million pounds of radioactive waste currently stored on site — if a fire were to occur in one of the storage pools, thousands could die as a result.

• In the case of a major catastrophe, evacuation plans aren’t sufficient — families on the Cape would have to drive toward Pilgrim to get out of harm’s way, and the millions in the metro-Boston area would quickly become stuck in gridlock.



While we look forward to the end of Pilgrim, we continue our 40 year fight against all nuclear power. It's inherently dangerous, potentially catastrophic and a terrible investment for our country. 

More than 70% of Bay Staters live within the 50-mile evacuation zone of a nuclear power plant — that’s more than 4.6 million men, women and children who are one unlikely series of mishaps away from potential disaster.

There is no known safe level of exposure to radiation, and mortality rates from more than mild exposure is extremely high. The levels of radiation that could escape from our reactors in the event of an accident or natural disaster could dramatically harm human health.

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Two small explosions last night at a Texas chemical facility highlight that comprehensive emergency regulations need to be enforced more strictly at chemical plants.

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Testimony in favor of bills S 1797 and S 1798 that would require Pilgrim Nuclear Station to pay for its own clean up 

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Janet Domenitz and Summer Policy Intern testified at the State House today, Tuesday July 28th, 2015, in favor of simultaneously improving safety standards for nuclear power stations and moving beyond nuclear power and embracing renewable energy sources.

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Cape Cod Bay Watch on released a scathing new report that documents how Entergy Corporation, owner of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, destroys marine life and pollutes Cape Cod Bay by using an outdated “once-through” cooling water system to run Pilgrim.

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