CONGRATULATIONS to Boston Downwinders, led by Guntram Mueller and Susan Mirsky, for their successful effort placing a ballot question in the city of Newton calling for the closing of Pilgrim.
Guntram reports: The question of whether to close the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is now showing up in Newton, MA. On November's ballot, Newton voters will find a non-binding ballot question, as to whether Gov. Baker should instruct the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to withdraw its operating permit, because the safety of the public cannot be assured. This is preceded by a series of "whereases" that Pilgrim has a risky design, has frequent emergency shutdowns because of equipment malfunctions, is vulnerable to catastrophic attack due to an unprotected cooling water intake, and ultimately is not needed since its 2% capacity contribution is dwarfed by ISO New England's projected 12% to 20% reserve capacity over the next 10 years.
MOVING FORWARD! As Cape Downwinders' work expands across the state, more in-depth decisions and plans are in the making. To be most efficient and effective, CDW established a Steering Committee from active member volunteers.The second Wednesday of the month is the Steering Committee meeting and the fourth Wednesday is the General Meeting. Please send any agenda items for the General Meeting to email@example.com by the previous Monday.
Cape Downwinders Steering Committee
Margaret Stevens, Bourne/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Arlene Williamson, Mashpee/ email@example.com
Maxine Wolfset, Mashpee/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Don Barton, Mashpee/ email@example.com
Susan Carpenter, Dennis/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Bonnie Brydges, Harwich/ email@example.com
Diane Turco, Harwich/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Arthur Dickinson, Harwich/ email@example.com
Elaine Dickinson, Harwich/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Conathan, Chatham/ email@example.com
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