Judges find in favor of NRC and Pilgrim NPP – Relicensing to Continue

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Attorney General Martha Coakley’s bid to suspend the relicensing of the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth has been rejected bya three-judge panel working on behalf of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Enterprise reports.  The panel rejected Coakley’s request to suspend the relicensing of Pilgrim until the implications of the Fukushima Dai-ichi disaster in Japan can be fully studied, the Enterprise reports.

U.S. Rep. Edward Markey issued a statement repeating his stance that it would be irresponsible to issue a new license to Pilgrim or any of the 16 other nuclear reactors with pending renewal applications until “the lessons of the Fukushima meltdowns are fully integrated in NRC regulations and plans.”

The Pilgrim review has already become the longest relicensing review of any of the country’s existing nuclear power plants – primarily due to concerns raised by Pilgrim Watch and, to some extent, by Coakley’s office.  Pilgrim Watch filed a new contention on Nov. 18, arguing that Entergy needs to provide more information about what could happen to the flow of contaminated water in an emergency like what happened at the Fukushima plant in March.

Source: Enterprise News

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