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RUNNING OUT OF TIME TOO SOON

By Melanie Erspamer
Published: April 2011
Down a long, winding road, a bleak building squats on the edge of the ocean.
A tall fence prevents anyone who does not have previously granted access to enter. Security guards patrol the area, armed with guns.
They are guarding the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
A 38 mile trip from Boston, this plant uses an isotope of uranium to supply the heat that transforms water to steam, in turn revolving a turbine that spins a generator, eventually causing the generator to work.
This method, unlike the one used by plants with fossil fuels, has the advantage of creating less pollution and thus damaging to the environment less. But it has one very big disadvantage: it creates radiation.
This factor is of great worry to some, especially following the turmoil in Japan, and many will be glad when the plant’s operating license expires in 2012.
The energy produced there is not used locally, according to a security guard at the plant. Instead, it is sold to National Grid, which distributes it to places like New York. Many do not understand why the plant was chosen to be stationed here and not in some less populated area of the country.
“It’s mostly geography,” the security guard said. “There’s water, and then the demand was high.”
The company Entergy sponsors the Pilgrim Plant, which has the same General Electric reactor as the Fukushima plant in Japan.
In recent months, the company has proposed cutting down training funds, money supplied to the plant that is used to practice safety procedures and evacuation in case of an emergency.
One person who is worried is Becky Deming, who graduated from Newton South in 1987. When first deciding where to move with her husband, the nuclear plant made her unsure about living in Plymouth.
In the end, although she did move to Plymouth, she admits she is still apprehensive about the proximity of the plant.
Some, though, are not so concerned.
“I’m sure that there are people that worry, but not me … you can’t worry about things you can’t control,” the manager at Kiskadee Coffee Company in Plymouth said.
For an attendant at a Tourist Center near the station, the conflict over the safety of Pilgrim is indeed beneficial for the tourism business.
“I don’t give it a second thought,” she said. “At least they’re paying [Plymouth] more attention.”
In fact, the uproar over the safety of the plant has caused people to pay it significantly more consideration, so much so that the plant security has been increased.
In Boston, while there is some unease, it is minimal. Most believe that Boston is too far away for harm. The manager of Kiskadee does not.
“If we’re worried, you should be too,” he said.

Down a long, winding road, a bleak building squats on the edge of the ocean. A tall fence prevents anyone who does not have previously granted access to enter. Security guards patrol the area, armed with guns. They are guarding the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant in Plymouth, Massachusetts. A 38 mile trip from Boston, this plant uses an isotope of uranium to supply the heat that transforms water to steam, in turn revolving a turbine that spins a generator, eventually causing the generator to work.This method, unlike the one used by plants with fossil fuels, has the advantage of creating less pollution and thus damaging to the environment less. But it has one very big disadvantage: it creates radiation. This factor is of great worry to some, especially following the turmoil in Japan, and many will be glad when the plant’s operating license expires in 2012.The energy produced there is not used locally, according to a security guard at the plant. Instead, it is sold to National Grid, which distributes it to places like New York. Many do not understand why the plant was chosen to be stationed here and not in some less populated area of the country. “It’s mostly geography,” the security guard said. “There’s water, and then the demand was high.”The company Entergy sponsors the Pilgrim Plant, which has the same General Electric reactor as the Fukushima plant in Japan.In recent months, the company has proposed cutting down training funds, money supplied to the plant that is used to practice safety procedures and evacuation in case of an emergency. One person who is worried is Becky Deming, who graduated from Newton South in 1987. When first deciding where to move with her husband, the nuclear plant made her unsure about living in Plymouth.In the end, although she did move to Plymouth, she admits she is still apprehensive about the proximity of the plant. Some, though, are not so concerned.“I’m sure that there are people that worry, but not me … you can’t worry about things you can’t control,” the manager at Kiskadee Coffee Company in Plymouth said. For an attendant at a Tourist Center near the station, the conflict over the safety of Pilgrim is indeed beneficial for the tourism business.“I don’t give it a second thought,” she said. “At least they’re paying [Plymouth] more attention.”In fact, the uproar over the safety of the plant has caused people to pay it significantly more consideration, so much so that the plant security has been increased.In Boston, while there is some unease, it is minimal. Most believe that Boston is too far away for harm. The manager of Kiskadee does not. “If we’re worried, you should be too,” he said.

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