BOSTON (WWLP) - State lawmakers are calling for the closure of a Massachusetts power plant. They told 22News why the state should look for other sources of energy.
Following the closure of Entergy's Vermont Yankee Power Plant, state lawmakers are asking the Louisiana-based company to also shut down their Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in southeastern Massachusetts.
A panel of nuclear experts and world leaders, that included former Prime Minister of Japan Naoto Kan, spoke of the dangers of nuclear energy at the State House.
Pilgrim has the same reactor as the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant in Japan that suffered a major disaster during a 2011 tsunami.
While the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved another 20 year license for Pilgrim to operate last year, state lawmakers are hoping to talk to Entergy to negotiate a closure of the plant.
Sen. Daniel Wolf, (D) Harwich, told 22News, “We have to reengage the NRC to look for other ways to have a dialogue with the owners of the plant. I don't think it's healthy to have that plant in our backyard. We don't need the energy and we certainly don't need the public safety risk.”
Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan shut down the Fukushima Power Plant while in power and replaced it with clean and renewable sources of energy.
Kan encouraged Massachusetts to do the same.