The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant presents a health and safety risk for many Massachusetts residents. As the plant moves towards closure in 2019, we need to ensure that Entergy cleans up its mess, and that our state accounts fully for loss of tax base and jobs experienced by the community of Plymouth and plant’s workforce. We need adequate decommissioning funds and concrete support for a municipality and workers in transition. At this time, advancing a diverse, clean energy mix is also critically important. Enhanced efficiency, wind on and off-shore, responsible hydropower and interim use of existing fossil fuel infrastructure can meet our peak power needs in winter. We have an opportunity, and a challenge, to secure a clean and just energy future, and that means taking care of communities while ensuring that new energy resources do not push us away from our efforts to fight climate change, stabilize neighborhoods, or prioritize people over the next destructive industry seeking to gain a foothold in our power grid.
Massachusetts is a great state and, with clean energy, we can power forward. In the immediate future, we support two bills filed by State Senator Dan Wolf to help hold Entergy accountable to local needs.
Post authored by Joel Wool, Clean Water Action Massachusetts. Follow Joel on Twitter: @joelwool.