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‘Overwhelmed’ Massachusetts Nuclear Power Plant Spikes with Radiation

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The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant has spiked with radiation to near alert levels alarming officials.

The already troubled plant located in Cape Cod Bay has spiked local radiation detectors as high as 115 counts per minute (CPM), adding concern to an already ‘overwhelmed’ staff.

“Now, a group of Massachusetts politicians, including Governor Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey, Senator Edward J. Markey, have stepped forward to put pressure on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, in the hopes that it will schedule a public meeting to discuss public safety concerns surrounding the plant,” reports the Boston Business Journal.

According to the publication, on Wednesday officials sent a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) “expressing their concern” over a leaked December 6 email.

An excerpt from the letter addressed to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission commissioner Stephen Burns reads:

“While the NRC undoubtedly regrets the inadvertent disclosure of the preliminary thoughts expressed in the December 6 e-mail, the disclosure happened, and the NRC now has the obligation to address questions raised by that e-mail to help assuage growing public safety concerns.”


“A public meeting also will allow the NRC to outline for the public the steps it may take in light of the special inspection team’s findings to date, the steps that remain in the NRC’s inspection process, and when the official results of the inspection will be released to the public.”

Currently, the reactor is listed at “Column 4,” which is the worst safety rating offered by the NRC.

Moreover, leaks have been found in reactor valves which are designed to isolate radioactive steam in the event of a meltdown.

An update obtained by Superstation95 at 9:51 a.m. eastern time reads:

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency advises SuperStation95 that they checked with their sister agency, the Department of Public Health which has radiation detectors of its own in that area. They say that their gear is showing normal radiation levels. However, they are endeavoring to determine why the instruments are showing a rising radiation level and they are sending people to the area to investigate.

As of this update, the radiation level is still rising and has now hit 115 counts-per-minute.

However, shortly after the update Massachusetts Emergency Management called the outlet back and told them that “official” readings from “Geiger counters in and around the Pilgrim Nuclear Power plant are showing NORMAL radiation levels.”

radiation map plymouth
Via Radiation Network

Readings from the Radiation Network are currently showing 111 CPM as of 11:53 eastern time.

The NRC is currently investigating the matter and the plant is set to be closed in 2019.

Shepard Ambellas is an opinion journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief of Intellihub News & Politics ( Shepard is also known for producing Shade: The Motion Picture (2013) and appearing on Travel Channel’s America Declassified (2013). Read more from Shep’s World. Get the Podcast. Follow Shep on Facebook and Twitter.


57 Comments on "‘Overwhelmed’ Massachusetts Nuclear Power Plant Spikes with Radiation"

  1. Cloggie on Sun, 8th Jan 2017 3:58 pm 

    Are you trying to imply the Israel lobby convinced GW to war in Iraq. Lol, a bit far fetched.

    In April 2007, Wilkerson was featured in VPRO’s Tegenlicht Dutch documentary The Israel Lobby. He said that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) was highly influential in the Bush Administration’s decision to go to war in Iraq. He also cited, as to the extent of their influence, an occasion in which he was threatened with censure when he criticized Israel in a lecture he was giving.

    Mearsheimer and Walt have painstakingly documented that it were these neocons who got the US lied into Iraq. Another source is and Justin Raimondo.

    Here congressman James Traficant, who was thrown in jail by the Israel Lobby for standing up for Demjanjuk, one of the very few brave US politicians on the Israel Lobby:
    “Jim Traficant talks about Jewish control of America”

    There is so much you don’t know about your own country, boat. Let alone history.

  2. GregT on Sun, 8th Jan 2017 4:38 pm 

    “There is so much you don’t know about your own country, boat. Let alone history.”

    Or pretty much anything else, for that matter.

  3. peakyeast on Sun, 8th Jan 2017 5:27 pm 

    @cloggie: Interestingly I have never heard about traficant in the Danish Media. Not even once.

  4. Cloggie on Sun, 8th Jan 2017 6:54 pm 

    Who needs the western media if you have the internet around to inform yourself.

  5. Go Speed Racer on Mon, 9th Jan 2017 4:39 am 

    If it says 54 comments, then why are there
    only 4 comments. Trump was going to make
    America Great Again.

    If America is Great Again, why can’t the
    webmaster tell the difference between 54
    and 4?

  6. Cloggie on Mon, 9th Jan 2017 5:09 am 

    If America is Great Again, why can’t the webmaster tell the difference between 54 and 4?

    If you click on “previous” with your mouse (that thingy to the right of your keyboard), you will see the other 50 posts.

    “previous” is located to the North-East of post “GregT on Sun, 8th Jan 2017 4:38 pm”.

    Good luck!

  7. Dredd on Mon, 9th Jan 2017 2:13 pm 

    Sea level rise is about twice the global average in several east coast areas, such as Chesapeake Bay (video).

    The nuclear power plants in the area are endangered (The Extinction of Chesapeake Bay Islands).

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