Massachusetts petitions U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission over proposed nuclear plant sale

By Marian Johns | Feb 26, 2019

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office and the state's Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) have filed a petition with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) as part of an effort to intervene in the proposed sale of a nuclear power station on Cape Cod Bay https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilgrim_Nuclear_Power_Station.

According to the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, the petition filed with the NRC cites safety concerns over Entergy Nuclear Operations Inc.'s proposed sale of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station to Holtec International. The plant's decommissioning trust fund does not provide for sufficient decommissioning and "long-term management of spent fuel onsite," the Attorney General's Office said. 

“We’re intervening to protect the public and ensure that the transaction does not leave our state’s taxpayers on the hook for any of the costs of safely decommissioning the plant, restoring the site and managing spent nuclear fuel," Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement. 

“Intervening in the federal process gives voice to the concerns raised by the commonwealth’s residents and will help ensure that these concerns are considered during the license transfer proceeding," added EEA secretary Matthew Beaton. 

According to federal regulations, a hearing is required to address the funding shortfall and that a "federal action" of assessing any potential environmental problems is required for the licensed transfer of the plant, Healey's office said. 

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