NH #610: Holtec Threatens Radioactive Water Dump into Cape Cod Bay & Hudson River – Diane Turco, Manna Jo Green

Holtec Threatens Radioactive Water Dump from Pilgrim Nuclear into Cape Cod Bay & from Indian Point into Hudson River – Diane Turco, Manna Jo Green

Poster for Halt Holtec event in Massachusetts on March 27, 2023

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Big nuclear decommissioning companies are planning to release radioactive tritium-contaminated water into major bodies of water. We usually think of this in connection with Japan, where they plan to discharge 1.3 million TONS of Fukushima’s radioactive water over the objections of Japanese citizens, the fishing industry, China, South Korea, and the Pacific Islanders. Outrageous – but if one lives in the U.S., there is a similar threat much closer to home, in Massachusetts and New York, and that’s what we look at this week.

  • Diane Turco is Director of the Cape Downwinders on Cape Cod, a group that’s been fighting issues at the Pilgrim nuclear power reactor for more than 40 years. With decommissioning company Holtec barreling ahead on its decision to release radioactive water from Pilgrim’s spent fuel pools directly into Cape Cod Bay, possibly as soon as this summer, there’s been tremendous outcry against it. We last spoke with Diane Turco on Pilgrim problems for Nuclear Hotseat #550 on January 4, 2022; in the more than year that has passed, much more has come to the fore.
    We spoke this time on Saturday, February 18, 2023.
Poster for Stop Holtec rally in Massachusetts on March 27, 2023
  • Manna Jo Greene has been the Environmental Director for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater for more than 20 years – and has been one of the leaders in the battle to shut down Indian Point, the nuclear reactor facility located only 36 miles from midtown ManhattanWe spoke on the day of the shutdown – Friday, February 17, 2023.

Links from Interviews:

Nuclear Hotseat Hot Story with Linda Pentz Gunter

Putin’s suspension of the New START Treaty has provoked condemnation, but is a treaty that accepts the preservation of nuclear weapons worth saving?

Numnutz of the Week (for Outstanding Nuclear Boneheadness):

Come to the latest vacation hot spot… Fukushima???