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MassDEP issues tentative ruling against Holtec plan to dump waste water into Cape Cod Bay
Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel to meet tonight
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection announced a preliminary ruling today against Holtec’s plan to dump 1.1 million gallons of waste water from the now de-commissioned Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station into Cape Cod Bay. The state agency said the plan violates the Massachusetts Ocean Sanctuaries Act.
According to Senator Markey MassDEP denied Holtec’s attempt to modify the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and is now “prohibited from discharging its radioactive wastewater into Cape Cod Bay. MassDEP’s tentative determination will now undergo a public notice and comment process before a final determination is made.”
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The Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel is scheduled to meet at Plymouth Town Hall this evening at 6:30PM, activists plan a rally at 5:30PM outside Town Hall.
Markey added “I applaud MassDEP for following the science, upholding the Massachusetts Ocean Sanctuaries Act, and heeding local concerns in its decision to rightfully deny Holtec’s request.”