Pilgrim Decommissioning Panel to Meet on Cape Cod

COURTESY PILGRIM NUCLEAR POWER STATION

BARNSTABLE – The committee charged with informing the public on the impending closure of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth will meet on Cape Cod this week.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Advisory Panel will meet at the Tilden Arts Center at Cape Cod Community College on Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The request to hold the meeting on Cape Cod was made by panel member and Barnstable Town Councilor John Flores in an attempt to have more Cape Codders in attendance.

Federal, state, and local elected officials will have the opportunity to share their thoughts on the decommissioning process at Wednesday’s meeting. The panel will begin working on its first formal report to Gov. Baker and the Legislature at their April meeting.

The 21-member panel was formed last year to advise the Governor and Legislature and educate Massachusetts citizens about the planned decommissioning of the state’s only operating nuclear power plant.

It does not have any direct control over the process of shutting down the 46-year-old facility.

Entergy Corp., which owns Pilgrim, plans to close the station for good in 2019.

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