State regulators have taken a stand and denied a permit modification requested by the company responsible for decommissioning the nuclear power plant in Plymouth. And what does this mean? It’s a massive win for us all, as it prevents the discharge of a whopping 1.1 million gallons of industrial wastewater into Cape Cod Bay!
After years of persistent opposition from local communities and environmental activists, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has spoken up in defense of Cape Cod Bay. They’ve declared it a protected ocean sanctuary under the state’s Ocean Sanctuaries Act, and this means no more dumping of industrial waste into these cherished waters!
The company in question, Holtec International, had filed an application back in April to modify their existing decommissioning permit. Their intention was to gain approval for discharging wastewater from the plant’s spent nuclear-fuel pool into the bay – and that pool contains some radioactive material, which, needless to say, raised some serious concerns.
The draft determination to deny the permit modification has now been issued by MassDEP, and we’ve got a chance to make our voices heard during the 30-day public comment period. This period extends until Monday, Aug. 28 at 5 p.m., so let’s make sure we take full advantage of it and stand up for our environment!
This decision is an incredible triumph for the people, wildlife, and economy of Cape Cod and the South Shore. It’s thanks to the tireless efforts of advocates like Senator Susan Moran and numerous environmental activists that we’ve reached this pivotal moment. When we unite and raise our voices, we can bring about positive change!
While Holtec may not be thrilled with the state’s denial, we won’t be backing down. Our collective commitment to protecting our waters and environment is stronger than ever. It’s high time for Holtec to take responsibility and prioritize the safety of our environment over their profits.
We’ll be closely watching the next steps as Holtec evaluates its options for the water used in the plant’s operations over the past five decades. Let’s hold them accountable and ensure that they make the right choices for our beloved waters!
In the end, this victory shows us that when we come together and fight against corporate greed, we can achieve incredible results. Our voices matter, and together, we can make a lasting impact.
So let’s keep up the momentum, let’s continue protecting our waters, and let’s stand strong against corporate greed! Our environment deserves nothing less. If you or a loved one have been affected by corporate greed, contact OnderLaw today for your free, no-obligation consultation.