Keating Reintroduces Nuclear Plant Shutdown Bill

COURTESY PILGRIM NUCLEAR POWER STATION

WASHINGTON –Representative William Keating has reintroduced the Nuclear Plant Decommissioning Act of 2018, the goal is to require nuclear plant operators to consult with state and local officials when drafting plans to decommission a reactor and the transfer of a plant’s federal license.

If passed, the bill would have a direct impact on the shutdown of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power station in Plymouth, which is scheduled to begin decommissioning next year.

“Ask anyone in Plymouth how important the decommissioning of Pilgrim is and they will tell you in no uncertain terms, Plymouth residents can name a number of concerns, whether they be economic, environmental, safety, labor or others. Not having their input makes no sense whatsoever, and would only serve the operator’s purpose,” Keating said in a statement.

Keating says the bill has the support of members of both the House and Senate, it would mandate the plant operators get input from neighboring governments within a 50 mile radius.

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