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Group says goal is to ensure safety at Pilgrim station before relicensing

April 22, 2012
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Thank you for the Globe’s recent coverage of the discussion surrounding nuclear safety at Pilgrim (“Petitions raise alarm on N-plant,’’ April 15). I certainly appreciate that this is a subject that makes the front page of Globe South, though I must say I don’t feel the Pilgrim Coalition’s goal was fairly conveyed.

Our goal is not to “shut down, at least temporarily, the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station,’’ as the story’s first paragraph stated. Rather, our aim is to ensure that the NRC’s recommended safety fixes are implemented before the plant is relicensed. If it so happens that the plant needs to shut down in order to make these fixes, or if it is deemed to not be fixable and therefore needs to shut down completely, so be it. But this is not our goal.

Furthermore, the 14-hour amount of backup battery power that Entergy claims to have assumes there is no additional need for battery required at the time of outage. At Fukushima, for example, they used some of their backup battery power for venting purposes. As usual, the solution is not quite as simple as Entergy makes it seem.

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