SHUT PILGRIM NOW!                                               July 6, 2015
Dear Cape Downwinders,
     July was a busy summer month!  Outreach to groups, marching in parades, court action, testimony at the state house, and planning the next level of state wide action.  The Citizens Awareness Network (CAN) Forum will bring together national and regional groups to coordinate efforts to close Pilgrim.  Speaking at the forum are Tim Judson, executive director of NIRS, Deb Katz/director of CAN, Arlene Williamson, Pilgrim Coalition, and Diane Turco, Cape Downwinders.  Together we CAN shut Pilgrim!


When: Saturday August 8, 2015 at 11:00 AM.

Where: GCTV, 393 Main St, Greenfield, MA.

What: CAN is organizing a forum in August to unite forces in Massachusetts to shutter the Pilgrim reactor and replace its power with sustainable energy solutions. It's time for Massachusetts and the tri-state community to kick Entergy out of New England. Representatives from Cape Downwinders, Pilgrim Watch and others will participate in the forum. Join Us!

Legislation-THANKS to Senator Wolf and 
Rep. Peake!
Cape Downwinders testify at the State House, July 28
Cape Downwinders testified to the Joint Committee on Public Health in support of Rep. Sarah Peake's two bills to expand the EPZ to 50 miles, distribution of KI to 50 miles, establish and expand real time radiation monitoring. We submitted written testimony and documents of support. During the hearing, Entergy representative Tom Joyce declared that safety was Entergy's top priority.  Public Health chair Senator Lewis countered Joyce's comment with his own-the reality that most likely the workers at Chernobyl and Fukushima thought they were doing the same.  Very powerful statement.
H. 2031 testimony
Rep. Peake's other bill, H. 2167 in the Joint Committee for Public Safety and Homeland Security is particularly important to Cape Codders as this bill clearly addresses our 'No Escape' message where we can argue that the state has determined we are an expendable population. This bill also includes the caveat for the Governor to call on the NRC to revoke the license. See Section 3 which was recommended by CDW to be included.  The next working meeting on testimony is 8.12 at 4:00 before the general meeting.  A date for the hearing has not been scheduled.
Senator Wolf's bills in Committee
Both of Senator Wolf's bills on spent fuel fees and decommissioning have been referred to the committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy.  Hearings for these two bills have not been scheduled.  Please read the recommendations for lobbying: 
Pilgrim Watch's Mary Lampert has written a well researched summary of the bills:
IMPORTANT: Pilgrim Watch recommendations for lobbying efforts:
CDW next legislative group meeting is 8.12 at 4:00 to draft supporting testimony.
Lobby Day in Boston 9.3
CDW and a coalition of state wide groups will be meeting with members of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy to support Senator Wolf's bills, S. 1797 and S. 1798. AND the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security to support Rep. Peake's bill, H. 2167. Our next lobby day is September 3. To join in/carpool, contact Diane at or  Susan at .
Actions in July:
Larry and Doug march with Down Cape Downwinders
March to Shut Pilgrim in the Wellfleet July 4th parade
Mad As Hell Mother's Day action court appearance of the Pilgrim Two, July 15, Plymouth District Court

Elaine Dickinson reports:

Starting at 8:00 AM with a lively stand out, in the company of Diane Turco, Don Barton, Susan Carpenter, Margaret Stevens, Maxine Wolfset, Sarah Thatcher, and Arthur Dickinson, I greeted drivers passing by on Obrey Street outside the Plymouth Court House with our signs and banners to 'Close Pilgrim'.  Paul Rifkin took photos of our supporters on the street.

Note: Elaine was given a year probation, $50 victim's fee, and probation fee of $50 per month for a total of $650. Donations to help cover her costs would be greatly appreciated. Please send to: Cape Downwinders, 56 Hillcrest Drive, Harwich, MA 02645  Many thanks!
Dan and Marilyn Brielmann report on March For Our Children video and news:

Marilyn and I produced a half hour special about Dan's video journal of the 54 mile march from Plymouth to Boston.  He interviewed many of the marchers and put together a powerful story about the motivations that drive these activists.   

watch video here

The Abington Mariner did a feature on our work and the march.

Abington Mariner

We hope our work will speak to people at their core and into their hearts where the quest for solutions to issues like the Pilgrim Reactor will become common knowledge and consciousness.

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Cape Cod Bay Watch leads call to terminate Entergy's water permit
NEWS: Groups issue call to terminate Pilgrim's water permit
On June 8, 2015, a state-wide coalition of 24 public health and environmental groups issued a call to state and federal regulators to terminate the Clean Water Act permit for Entergy's outdated "once through" cooling water system at Pilgrim nuclear.
Pilgrim Toxic Waste Problem
Brian Boyle reports on the highly radioactive and dangerous nuclear waste in Plymouth and analyzes this serious public health and safety threat. 
Two Pilgrim workers, one an operator, fail substance abuse test. news

Nuclear Meltdown Disaster, a PBS program aired on July 29, is a must watch documentary on Fukushima.
Powerful new study shows radiogenic risks of leukemia 50% greater than previously thought.
August events:

8-8 East Meets West: Making Massachusetts Nuclear Free, Greenfield, MA

8-12 CDW legislative meeting 4:00/General Meeting 5:00 Hyannis Public Library

8-16 Nuclear Power, Pilgrim, and Poetry with Harvey Wasserman and special guest Marge Piercy, Wellfleet COA 3:00

8-22 Pilgrim: A Threat To Us All CDW talk sponsored by the Cotuit Library, 2:00-3:00 with Arlene Williamson and Elaine Dickinson 

8-26 CDW legislative meeting 4:00/General Meeting 5:00  Hyannis Public Library

8-26 Pilgrim:  A Threat To Us All talk sponsored by the Friends of Hyannis Public Library, 6:00 PM with Diane Turco

Coming up!

9-7 Labor Day NO ESCAPE FROM THE CAPE bridge action 11-2:00

Guest Commentary
Susan Carpenter

No Escape From The Cape If Pilgrim Blows

Futaba, a town of roughly 7,000 in Fukushima prefecture, Japan, was, like Plymouth, thrilled when a nuclear power complex known as Fukushima Daiichi was built. It brought jobs and income to the town. As in Plymouth, a new library was built. The town grew and prospered and the people were happy.


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