Barnstable Official Named to Nuclear Decommissioning Panel

John Flores

BARNSTABLE – Barnstable Town Councilor John Flores was recently appointed to the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel by Governor Charlie Baker.

The group is comprised of 16 members and is responsible for updating the public, the governor, the legislature and state agencies on issues related to the decommissioning of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth.

That plant is scheduled to be permanently closed in 2019.

Flore represents Barnstable’s Precinct 1, including Barnstable Village and Cummaquid.

He said the panel does not have any control over the actual process, but is a conduit for public information regarding progress or issues which arise.

“Our role really is to commence public meetings and allow for the discussion of any and all issues related to the progress,” he said.

Flores said despite their status in Column 4 of the Nuclear Regular Commission’s advanced oversight process, he would give Entergy, the company which runs the plant, the benefit of the doubt that they will close the plant properly.

The panel will begin meetings in June and will meet quarterly for the next four years.

Entergy had promised to invest $54 million in equipment upgrades and inspections during its final refueling process earlier this month.

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