Photo of Diane Turco and David Agnew by and courtesy of Paul Rifkin

PILGRIMS: 50 Years of Anti-Nuclear Mass: An Oral History

PART II

BINJ (BOSTON, MA)
Mar 3, 2018 · 29 min read

By Miriam Wasser

READ PT. I OF ‘PILGRIMS’ OR SKIP AHEAD TO PT. III

SHIFTING GEARS (THE ’90s)

Photo of protesters in 1993 courtesy of Mary Lampert

RE-LICENSE TO ILL (THE AUGHTS)

Photo by and courtesy of Paul Rifkin

NO ESCAPE FROM THE CAPE (2011–2012)

Photo courtesy of Diane Turco
Photo by Miriam Wasser
Photo by Miriam Wasser
Photo courtesy of Elaine Dickinson
Photo by and courtesy of Paul Rifkin

THE PILGRIM 14 (2012–2014)

Photo by and courtesy of Paul Rifkin
Photo by and courtesy of Paul Rifkin

The testimony we heard this week supports the ongoing serious dangers. Fire Chief Kevin Nord of Duxbury testified that in the event of accident, there is “no reasonable assurance” of public safety in his town.

When the question “Would citizens be safer if Pilgrim were closed?” was asked, Chief Nord said, “Yes.”

Dr. Richard Clapp testified from a published study in 1996 that statistically indicated cancer rates are high near Pilgrim and continue to this day. When the question “Would cancers be reduced if Pilgrim closed?” was asked, Dr. Clapp responded, “Yes.”

Dr. Gordon Thompson [said] that consequences from an accident could exceed Fukushima and would include Cape Cod and Boston. He warned of the serious danger of the spent fuel pool holding four times the amount the structure was designed to temporarily hold.

Mary Lampert testified about the futility of working within the system to affect public safety. Testimony from my beloved community of dedicated citizens expressed the real fear, the feeling of entrapment and the need to use every avenue to close Pilgrim in our efforts to protect our loved ones and beautiful Cape Cod.

One of the more emotional moments in the four-day trial occurred when defendant Joyce Johnson took the stand. … Johnson got out a piece of paper with a quote from anthropologist Margaret Mead. … ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed [Johnson begins crying] it’s the only thing that ever has.’

Photo by and courtesy of Paul Rifkin

This Mother’s Day action is an expression of our rage against a polluting nuclear reactor and our love for all children. … We are here to put our bodies on the line with an apology that we didn’t understand earlier about this evil that is being perpetrated on our children and generations to come.

Before starting Part III, read the bonus section below about the time one of the anti-Pilgrim activists chartered a helicopter to fly over the plant and test its security…

PILGRIMS: An Oral History by BINJ

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