NH #472: Pilgrim Nuclear Security Lapses, Holtec Decommissioning Lies w/Diane Turco

Pilgrim nuclear insecurity – Princeton university projection of what would happen to the radioactivity released
should Pilgrim have a fire in its spent fuel pool. 


  • Diane Turco is Director of the Cape Downwinders on Cape Cod, a group that’s been fighting against the Pilgrim nuclear power reactor for more than 40 years.  Here, she talks about post-shutdown problems at Pilgrim, including site security issues and her pending trial for trespassing to demonstrate to two NPR reporters how lax security is on the site.

Pilgrim’s biggest foe; Diane Turco of Cape Downwinders

More Pilgrim Information:

  • LINK to article by Dave Lochbaum, best known for his work with the Union of Concerned Scientists, on the “Necessity Defense” to be used by Diane Turco in her trial for trespassing at Pilgrim. 
  • LINK to AGO Holtec settlement agreement with the state of Massachusetts.
  • Here’s the Poison Ivy warning sign posted on the driveway to the Pilgrim nuclear power station – like that’s going to deter terrorists?

 What – no companion planting of cactus as a terrorist deterrent…? 

Numnutz of the Week (for Outstanding Nuclear Boneheadedness):

Leave it to the nuclear industry to invent another magical-thinking “cure” for all future nuclear reactor meltdowns – a new type of fuel!  In a new type of reactor!  One that hasn’t even got an approved design, let alone been built yet!  But it “will not be able to melt down!”  And if you believe that, I have some land in Fukushima Prefecture to sell you, cheap.d  And if that’s not enough, let me remind you of two relevant cautionary tales:  “Cheap enough to meter” and the ship Titanic.