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“Plymouth plans to pressure NRC over review of nuke sale
By David Kindy Posted Jul 26, 2019 at 1:00 PM
It’s about to get a lot warmer in Plymouth. Local officials are ready to turn up the heat on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)  following the announcement by the proposed buyer of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station  not to negotiate with the town until the sale is approved.
Sean Mullin, chair of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (NDCAP) , told selectmen Monday evening that the town, state and federal legislators need to work together to pressure the NRC to make sure Holtec International  is a suitable candidate to acquire the license for the power plant in Plymouth, which is currently being decommissioned .
Earlier this year, Entergy Inc.  announced plans to transfer its license to Holtec, which said it would clean up Pilgrim over an 8-year period. The company, which has a history of questionable corporate behavior and has been investigated for criminal activities, stated it will not negotiate with the town until federal regulators have approved the transfer.
“We can’t allow this approval to occur until the necessary agreements are in place with the Commonwealth and the town,” Mullin said. “Collectively, we need to act now. We need to put intense public pressure on the NRC and Holtec to make sure the necessary agreements are in place before the NRC approves Holtec’s license transfer application.”
Mullin and Kevin O’Reilly, an NDCAP appointee, presented a petition to selectmen, asking them to demand the NRC act on legal filings presented by the state’s Attorney General and a local watchdog group. The selectmen unanimously approved the Call to Action-Decision Memorandum, which reads in part:
″… need to force NRC to conduct formal hearings on the Commonwealth’s and Pilgrim Watch’s  Petitions to Intervene (including additional contentions) and agree to include investigations into Holtec, and its partners, past business practices to determine their suitability to control and direct Pilgrim’s decommissioning…”
“Holtec’s strategy and intentions are clear – they will refuse to negotiate or enter into any binding agreements until they don’t have to,” Mullin said. “And, if the NRC approves their license transfer application, they won’t have to.”
Ken Tavares, chair of the Board of Selectmen, said in an interview after the meeting the town is rallying support to pressure the NRC. Local officials are reaching out to state and federal legislators, as well as the governor and attorney general, in an effort to maintain a unified front to get the NRC and Holtec to listen.
“We have to get the attention of the NRC,” he said. “We don’t want the town to be stuck with the bill for cleaning up Pilgrim. If Plymouth is going to be a nuclear waste site, we need assurances that Hotlec has the ability in manpower and money to do it right.”
He added, “We have to force them to do what is in the best interest of our community. This is a quality-of- life issue, and it is very important.”
Holtec is facing numerous allegations of unethical and illegal actions in regards to its business practices. According to ProPublica , Politico  and other media sources, the company has been accused of failing to disclose important details about legal proceedings against it, including that it had been temporarily banned from working with a federal agency for paying $50,000 to secure a contract, had tax credits revoked for noncompliance and that its CEO was questioned as part of a criminal investigation.
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