Bowles urges more monitoring
In letter, environmental official qualifies earlier support for relicensing
The state’s top environmental official today released a letter he sent to the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station urging officials there to enhance air and water monitoring efforts. (See below, or get a PDF of the letter.)
The letter from Ian Bowles, the secretary of energy and the environment, was dated April 29, the same day CommonWealth reported that Bowles spent half a day at Pilgrim on April 1 and came away satisfied with its environmental monitoring and supportive of its relicensing.
“I felt comfortable following my trip down there,” Bowles told CommonWealth during a wide-ranging interview on energy and environmental issues. “On the basis of the assurances that I got when I was there, I’m comfortable with them being relicensed.”
“The leaks at Vermont Yankee raise questions as to whether Pilgrim’s leak prevent program is adequate, and whether the planned installation of six additional monitoring wells is sufficient,” Bowles writes.
Bowles urges Pilgrim officials to consider enhancements to the groundwater monitoring program and its off-site air monitoring program. He also encourages Entergy “to consider whether Pilgrim’s extensive buried metal piping should be better protected from corrosion.”