Lawmakers promise to keep radioactive water out of Cape Cod Bay
PLYMOUTH — During this week’s meeting of the Citizens’ Advisory Group on Nuclear Decommissioning, lawmakers reiterated their promise that no radioactive water linked to the shutdown of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant would be dumped in Cape Bay. Cod.
But dismantling company Holtec International said it was evaluating all options.
Part of the state’s delegation to the meeting included Plymouth/Barnstable State Senator Susan Moran, who highlighted her role and that of other lawmakers in protecting public safety and natural resources.
“Holtec has agreed not to dump one million gallons of radioactive material into Cape Cod Bay for the year 2022. I wanted to speak tonight to say that we will never allow the dumping of radioactive material into Cape Cod Bay. Cod,” Moran said.
His statement echoes remarks made by other lawmakers, including Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren. in a letter to Holtec International, as well as a objection letter made recently by Mashpee city officials.
Plymouth District’s first state representative, Matt Muratore, said he and other lawmakers met with agencies including the state Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Public Health and the Attorney General’s Office on potential water disposal and planned to continue cooperation moving forward. publish.
Muratore said a previous memorandum of understanding involving Holtec may contain details that affect water disposal, which he hopes the attorney general’s office will review.
“I think that’s probably the best way to go, trying to figure out how to transport that to try to make it safer for everyone. But let’s be real, when it comes to radiation, nothing is really certain. So there are risks in all of them,” Muratore said.
“We are very concerned about marine fisheries. Especially the oyster bays along Plymouth and Duxbury, and what happens to sediment with anything in that water. There are many more facts that we need to gather.
Holtecs response to concern released in December outlined three potential ways to deal with the water, including its discharge into the bay, such as evaporation or export to a special out-of-state treatment plant.
Holtec’s chief compliance officer, David Noyes, said the company will continue to educate the public about the entire decommissioning process and that no decision has been made on the disposal method.
Further testing of water samples to determine water quality is also underway, according to Noyes.
Noyes added that any solution using heavy trucking or evaporation may require the use of large amounts of fossil fuels, both for transportation or to force evaporation.
“I want to reiterate that no decision has been made. We are actively evaluating all three options and the decision will ultimately be made based on science,” Noyes said.