Holtec says it won't dump radioactive water in Cape Cod Bay in 2022
- Dec 8, 2021 4:27 pm GMT
Dec. 7—PLYMOUTH — The company in charge of decommissioning
"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," according to an emailed statement from
The email said the company appreciated and understood the public's questions and concerns, and "remain committed to an open, transparent process on the decommissioning of
The news that releasing as much as 1 million gallons of water used to cool radioactive rods and other components in the spent fuel pool and in other parts of the facility was being considered was announced at a
On Monday, O'Brien reiterated that no decision had been reached on whether to evaporate, discharge or transport the water to another facility.
Radioactive water release plans
But that appeared to contradict an email to
At the advisory panel meeting the company said it would be evaluating options over the next six months to a year. Monday's press release committed to at least a year while that process was followed.
In an interview Monday, Keating said he was hopeful
"The NDCAP (advisory panel) is the public forum really for the decommissioning, I'm not sure if
More time to study impact on maritime industries
Keating hoped the year delay would allow the federal
"It's really important we have this period to really look at this issue because once (the disposal option) is implemented, we can't undo it," Keating said.
in an interviewFriday, Keating said any release of radioactive water from the plant would impact the region's maritime industries including aquaculture, fishing and recreation — potentially through bioaccumulation in the food chain but also by damaging the region's reputation as a source of seafood and recreational opportunities.
Keating advocated trucking the water to an off-site facility and O'Brien had identified an
Markey told NRC Chairman
"The NRC has decided that the best way to shield itself from criticism is to take itself out of the process," Markey said. He said a new decommissioning rule relegates the agency only to acknowledging receipt of a plan from a private company looking to dismantle a plant.
"It (the NRC) would serve as a glorified filing cabinet. Ceding the job of regulator to the nuclear industry itself is not a win for safety, for communities or for the energy sector," said Markey, who was especially critical the diminished role of public comment.
"I would urge you to insure that there is full NRC and public participation (in vetting decommissioning plans) because the (nuclear power) industry ... has been known to cut corners and ultimately we cannot allow the public safety to be put in jeopardy at all," Markey said.
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