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Sep052019

Massachusetts pushes for “stay” of handover of Pilgrim’s radioactive corpse 

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy and the public interest group Pilgrim Watch are calling for a "stay" of the issuance of a federal license transfer of the Pilgrim nuclear power station in Plymouth, MA from Energy Nuclear to Holtec International and its Canadian business giant partner, SNC Lavalin (SNCL).  In  September 3, 2019 filings to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Healy’s office and Pilgrim Watch charge that the licensing transfer to get control of more than a billion dollars in Pilgrim Decommissioning Trust Fund, fails to meet federal legal standards under both the NRC regulations and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  Despite previous petitions from the AG and Pilgrim Watch seeking a public hearing on the corporate takeover, the NRC approved the sale.  The Attorney General charges that while Holtec and SNCL are “both embroiled in legal controversies about their character, veracity, and judgment” the joint partnership is set to takeover not only the decommissioning trust fund of Pilgrim Station but billions more in the trust funds for five other permanently closed nuclear power stations. This and all of thousands of tons of high-level nuclear waste.