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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE: Tropical Storm Warning

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Eastern and Southern Plymouth County. Minor coastal flooding is possible Tuesday night. However, a storm surge of 1 to 3 feet may occur Wednesday and Wednesday night, above already high astronomical tides, for both south and east facing coastlines. When combined with large wave action, this could produce localized areas of 1 to 3 feet of inundation above ground level.  Minor to moderate coastal flooding is expected along the southeastern Massachusetts coastline. Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Pilgrim addresses deteriorating protective panels

Operators of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station have used geometry to ensure a fire and radioactive release won’t occur in the plant’s spent fuel pool, despite ongoing deterioration of hundreds of neutron-absorbing panels needed to prevent a nuclear reaction. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Twp cybersecurity violations found at Pilgrim

Federal regulators found two violations related to cybersecurity at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station during an inspection last month. And although details are scarce, in both instances staff performance at the plant, which is owned and operated by Entergy Corp., again fell short. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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A little piece of White Horse Beach catches eye of the Open Space Committee

The Open Space Committee is looking to protect a small piece of White Horse Beach that was once a favored spot for sea mossers. The plot of land is tiny, barely 1/5 of an acre. It came into the town’s possession a little under seven years ago after its owner failed to pay taxes on it. Now, the Open Space Committee wants the parcel transferred from the control of the Town Treasurer to the Conservation Commission. That would give the essentially unbuildable plot of beach even greater protection, Open Space Committee Chairman Betsy Hall told the Manomet Village Steering Committee last week. Continue Reading →

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Learn about shorebirds at the Manomet Center

Manomet, Inc. is holding a “Know your Shorebirds” series at its headquarters at 125 Manomet Point Road. Led by Evan Dalton, Manomet’s Lead Instructor of Landbird Conservation, These introductory courses will teach the basics needed in  birding endeavors for the season, from shorebirds to sparrows. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Environmentalists want voices heard on Pilgrim Station land

When it comes to the 1,500 acres of land that surrounds Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, local environmentalists want to be heard. The Coalition to Preserve Natural Plymouth recently came before the Manomet Village Steering Committee to talk about their ambitions for the land. Cheryl Heller expressed the group’s concerns over the plan to run a hydroelectric cable onto the land and connect it to a substation on the property. Emera Inc., the company bidding for the power contract, already has an agreement to lease 52 acres of land from Entergy for the project. (more…) Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Pilgrim owner avoids citation for violation

The owners of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station have argued their way out of an initial finding that the plant should be cited by federal regulators with a more serious violation for a leaky valve on a gearbox that put one of two emergency generators out of service in September. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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Learn about shorebirds at the Manomet Center

Manomet, Inc. is holding a “Know your Shorebirds” series at its headquarters at 125 Manomet Point Road. Led by Evan Dalton, Manomet’s Lead Instructor of Landbird Conservation, These introductory courses will teach the basics needed in  birding endeavors for the season, from shorebirds to sparrows. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Work to protect Manomet Point set to begin

Work to keep Manomet Point from sliding into Cape Cod Bay is expected to begin soon. The plan, according to Director of Public Works Jonathan Beder, is to protect the bluff with boulders, lowered by a crane, weighing between 1 and 3 tons.  Beder wasn’t sure exactly when the work would begin. Beder met with town staff, Lobster Pound Owner Frank Collins and  other interested parties at the Point Tuesday morning to discuss the plan. (more…) Continue Reading →

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WICKED LOCAL: Emera’s bid to bring electricity to Plymouth is in

It’s official. Emera Inc. has formally proposed to the state the construction of a new 1,000 megawatt subsea transmission cable – the Atlantic Link – connecting “Atlantic Canada to the Boston load center” via Plymouth. Read more at Wicked Local. Continue Reading →

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Learn about bees at the Wildlands Trust

Join Wildlands Trust and the Plymouth County Beekeepers Association for a night dedicated to honey bees. On July 20, Bonnie Benford from the PCBA will be discussing everything from how bees affect our food supply to how honey is made. Whether you’re an avid beekeeper, have an interest in beekeeping, or just like bees, this talk is sure to be sweet. (more…) Continue Reading →

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WATD-FM: Environmental Coalition Petitioning to be a Part of Emera Agreement with Entergy

The Coalition to Preserve Natural Plymouth, doesn’t find fault with Emera’s agreement with Entergy to build a transmission line from Canada to deliver clean energy to the state, but the Coalition has other concerns with the proposal. Read more at WATD-FM. Continue Reading →

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Learn about plans for plans for high-voltage power cable in Manomet

Join the Emera Atlantic Link project team at a drop-in informational open house on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Manomet Youth Center, 659 State Road. 

All are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided. 

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Mass Audubon to buy Tidmarsh Farms

Mass Audubon has reached its fundraising goal and will be able to purchase the Tidmarsh Farms in Manomet. According to a post on the organization’s website, the group has raised the $3.6 million it needed. It plans to finalize the sale later this summer and open it to the public sometime in the fall.   Continue Reading →

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Learn about bees at the Wildlands Trust

Join Wildlands Trust and the Plymouth County Beekeepers Association for a night dedicated to honey bees. On July 20, Bonnie Benford from the PCBA will be discussing everything from how bees affect our food supply to how honey is made. Whether you’re an avid beekeeper, have an interest in beekeeping, or just like bees, this talk is sure to be sweet. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Learn about natural communities at the Wildands Trust

Learn how to identify and document natural communities anywhere you go. Natural communities are recurring assemblages of plants and associated animals found in particular physical environments. Jack Jezard, MassLIFT AmeriCorps member at the Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance (SEMPBA), is offering this workshop for free at Wildlands Trust on July 16. (more…) Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Decommissioning discussion goes off track

A conference call set up to hear Entergy Corp.’s timetables for decommissioning the Pilgrim, Vermont Yankee, Palisades and Indian Point nuclear power plants rapidly swerved from its planned agenda Tuesday, as watchdogs from the four host regions, allowed to listen in on the discussion, peppered federal regulators and Entergy representatives with a long list of questions they had not come prepared to answer. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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Canadian company says Manomet is choice for power line landing site

Emera, a Canadian company looking to build a 900 megawatt power cable from New Brunswick, Canada, to Massachusetts told the Board of Selectmen that Plymouth is their choice for a landing spot. The company had also considered Lynn, but Plymouth’s receptiveness to hosting the cable gave it the edge, Robin McAdam of Emera said at Tuesday night’s meeting. He was there to give the board an update on the project. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Manomet Center makes headquarters more accesible

On June 8, Manomet Inc. cut the ribbon on improvements to its main office and banding lab in that will make them more accessible to those with mobility needs. The changes, which cost  $250,000,included an ADA accessible bathroom, an automatic front door, and new indoor and outdoor classrooms.

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Panel learns about the decommissioning options at Pilgrim Station

Despite some rancor between its members, the Nuclear Decommissioning CItizens Advisory Panel did learn something about how the shutdown of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station might proceed. “The first step is to  have a plan,” Pilgrim’s Government Affairs Manager, Joe Lynch, told the panel. To that end, he said, a team will be formed at the plant to oversee decommissioning while the remainder of the staff will remain focused on operating it. The decommissioning team will be lead by John Ohrenberger, who is also one of Entergy’s representatives on the panel. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Family day at the Manomet Center

Come visit Manomet’s Bird Banding Lab this June 3 for its biannual Family Day, when the doors will open to visitors  to witness live demonstrations of the bird research happening here. For over 50 years, the Landbird Conservation staff at Manomet has collected meticulous data every spring and fall, observing migration patterns of songbirds by catching, banding, and releasing them. The banding team operates the lab Monday through Friday from dawn until dusk, averaging around 2,000 birds caught each season, taking detailed notes and observations on each and every one. Not only is data used for scientific research, but for outreach and education, too. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Sparks fly at first meeting of Pilgrim Station decommissioning panel

The first meeting of the advisory panel charged  with advising the Governor and the Legislature on the decommissioning of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station started snippy and ended sloppily. With 19 members appointed by a variety of state and local officials, there was certain to be some disagreement as the panel met Wednesday night at Plymouth South High School and it quickly showed during questioning of a presentation by Joe Lynch, Pilgrim’s manager of government affairs, on how the plant’s shutdown might proceed. (more…) Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Safety a concern as Pilgrim panel holds first meeting

A 21-member panel established to provide citizen input into the complicated process of decommissioning Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station will meet for the first time Wednesday night. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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