PLYMOUTH (CBS) – A group that monitors nuclear facilities demonstrated outside Pilgrim Nuclear Plant on Sunday, the one-year anniversary of the the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown in Japan.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports.READ MORE: 86-Year-Old Woman Hit, Killed By Car On Malden Sidewalk
The “Pilgrim Coalition’ began a march near the power plant and ended at Plymouth Rock.
Protesters said what happened last year in Japan could happen in Plymouth too, since the Pilgram plant is a carbon copy of the Fukushima plant.READ MORE: Offshore Wind Project Off Martha's Vineyard Nears Approval
The coalition said it wants plant owner Entergy to correct safety and environmental problems before the plant is re-licensed. Pilgrim’s license expires in June.
“Many people have turned their head and don’t want to believe it can happen near them, but the people around Fukushima didn’t believe it could happen to them either, so we’re really trying to put pressure on the NRC to make changes and ensure that Entergy makes the proper fixes before the plant is re-licensed for another 20 years,” said Anna Baker.MORE NEWS: Parents Devastated By Crash That Killed 17-Year-Old Natick Boy
Entergy, meanwhile, says the plant is safe. It says the Plymouth plant has backup systems that the Fukushima reactor did not have, and, it says it has done everything to comply with re-licensing requirements.