Following concerns from last month’s Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel Meeting, Holtec International confirmed that it will not be dumping the leftover water next year. Spokesperson Patrick O’Brien said this was never the company’s final plan.
“We’ve made the decision at Pilgrim that we’re not going to discharge any processed water in 2022 while we conduct the evaluation on final disposition of the water,” O’Brien said. He added that the company is dedicated to ensuring the safety of the community and the environment.
“We’ve been consistent since that meeting saying that over the next year we’re going to evaluate the regulatory approved options available,” O’Brien said, “and that we haven’t made a final decision.”
Entergy permanently shut down the power station back in May of 2019. That August, Holtec purchased the station in a deal that allowed the site to enter immediate decommissioning.
O’Brien added that Pilgrim never took the like of Congressman Bill Keating of any other politician to change their plans. The company is considering other options such as letting the water evaporate and shipping it to a facility in Idaho that handles the waste.
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