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    Company managing shutdown of Pilgrim Nuclear Plant says it won’t dump radioactive water into Cape Cod Bay in 2022


    December 7, 2021 - Michael Bonner, masslive.com

     

      The company managing the decommission of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth said in a statement on Monday that it would not dump radioactive water into Cape Cod Bay in 2022, according to the Cape Cod Times.

      Holtec International manages the power plant which was shut down in 2019. In an email shared with the newspaper last week, U.S. Rep William Keating said the company said it planned to discharge as much as 1 million gallons of water used to cool radioactive rods and other components at a Nov. 22 meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel.

      Holtec told the Times that the company hadn’t committed to any means of discharging the water and that it wouldn’t be dumped into Cape Cod Bay in 2022.

      “We wanted to share that in the near term the decision at Pilgrim has been made that the processed water will remain on site, safely stored, and that we will not discharge any processed water in 2022 while this evaluation (of alternative disposal options) is undertaken,” Holtec said in a statement to the Cape Cod Times.

      Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station stopped generating power in May 2019 after more than 46 years.

      The decommission process is expected to take about 8 years. Holtec estimates total costs for decommissioning Pilgrim at $1.13 billion.

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