Activists call for the closing of Massachusetts nuclear power plant

STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press
Demonstrators Kristin Knowles, of Orleans, Mass., bottom row left, and Laura Kelley, of Eastham, Mass., bottom row second from left, display placards while participating in a protest Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, at the Statehouse, in Boston, to demand the immediate closure of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. The Statehouse protest comes as owners of the Plymouth facility have announced plans to close Massachusetts' only nuclear power plant by June 2019. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Copyright 2015, The Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Activists seeking to close the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station have gathered at the Statehouse to press for its immediate shutdown.

The group Pilgrim Watch is delivering a letter to Gov. Charlie Baker calling on him to urge the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to close the plant now.

Thursday's protest comes more than a week after owners of the Plymouth facility announced plans to close Massachusetts' only nuclear power plant by 2019. That's not soon enough for activists who have lobbied for years to close the plant.

Mary Lampert of the protest group said Pilgrim is entering a dangerous phase and she fears owner Entergy Corp. won't properly maintain a plant it's planning to close.

Entergy has said cutting corners on safety isn't an option and that the plant's neighbors have no reason worry.

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