U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., joined fellow Sens. Barbara Boxer of California and Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Tuesday in filing three bills to improve safety and security at decommissioned nuclear reactors, and to ensure safe storage of spent fuel rods at sites across the country.When spent fuel is removed from an electricity-producing reactor, it gives off heat and radiation for several years. The fuel assemblies must be placed into pools for five to seven years to cool, but frequently they remain there for a much longer time.
PLYMOUTH — Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station will be among the first group of nuclear plants required
to look more closely at their ability to withstand severe earthquake activity.
Updated data from the United States Geological Survey concluded tremors from an earthquake as far
as 400 miles away may be felt at the Plymouth plant.
During a meeting with Cape Cod Times editorial board Wednesday, William Dean, the Nuclear Regulatory
Commission’s regional administrator, said the 42-year-old Pilgrim won’t be the only plant required to do
further study on the risks of earthquake damage. The list will be announced next week.
The Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission will discuss on Monday a new report on the economic effects on Cape Cod of a public safety emergency at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth.
An adhoc subcommittee of the Advisory Commission has initiated creation of the report, which was researched and written by a University of Massachusetts Amherst student pursuing a doctorate in economics, according to Advisory Commission member Maureen Burgess, who represents Truro.