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Alleged Cape Cod trespassers arrested at Pilgrim Station

Regardless of one’s opinion of the place, few people think of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station as a tourist attraction. But that’s the reason an elderly couple from Falmouth gave for attempting to enter the plant, Monday afternoon. According to Captain John Rogers, the pair, a 67-year-old man and a 72-year-old woman, reportedly drove their car through the main entrance gate and past other security barriers. They allegedly attempted to walk into the front entrance building where they were met by security. They claimed they wanted a tour of the facility, Rogers said. Continue Reading →

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Duck hunters ruffle some feathers at Pilgrim Station

A pair of duck hunters caused a security scare at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station Saturday morning. According to Capt. John Rogers, security at the plant were alerted by the sound of gun shots and notified the authorities. The pair were out on the water, but never entered the exclusion zone. Nonetheless, the harbormaster escorted them to Plymouth Harbor where their credentials were checked out. They were then sent on their way. Continue Reading →

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Ventilation system shut down at Pilgrim

The emergency ventilation system at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station’s Technical Support Center (TSC)/Operations Support Center was declared non-functional Monday afternoon after a fan failed to start, according to a press release from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Other ventilation systems in the support centers continued to work. According to the NRC, they expect to have the system working by Wednesday evening. Continue Reading →

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No (written) plans for dry storage at Pilgrim Station

During Monday night’s Nuclear Matters Committee meeting, attorney Margaret Sheehan requested the committee ask the Board of Selectmen for a copy of Entergy’s plans for moving spent fuel at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station into dry cask storage, as well as any plans filed with the Board of Zoning Appeals. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Entergy appoints new senior vice president to oversee Pilgrim, other area power plants

Entergy Corporation has named Mike Perito, site vice president at Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in Mississippi, has been named senior vice president, chief operating officer, with responsibility for FitzPatrick, Pilgrim and Vermont Yankee Nuclear Stations, effective February, 4, 2013. He will begin a transition at the first of the year with Kevin Bronson, who is retiring February. 28, 2013. Perito joined Entergy in 2008 as site vice president of River Bend and moved to his current role at Grand Gulf in 2011. Prior to Entergy, Perito was general manager at Palo Verde, a three-unit station operated by Arizona Public Service, and operations manager at Exelon’s Quad Cities. Continue Reading →

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Pilgrim workers ratify new contract with Entergy

The Utility Workers Union of America Local 369 has ratified a contract with Louisiana-based Entergy Corp. for tech workers at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant, according to a press release from the union. “We are pleased that we were able to negotiate a fair contract for the hard working men and women who keep this plant operating daily,” said UWUA Local 369 President Dan Hurley. According to information provided by the union, The contract for the 68 tech workers, who are responsible for duties that range from maintaining plant safety to managing information technology systems was set to expire on October 24, 2012, but was extended to November 14, 2012 to allow for a membership vote on November 1, 2012. UWUA has hundreds of local workers that serve in high-level roles at the 40-year-old nuclear power plant – many who have been working at the facility for decades. Continue Reading →

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Safety system at Pilgrim Station briefly out of commission

Both of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station’s standby gas treatment systems went out of service yesterday, according to a notification issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. During an emergency, the systems are supposed to pump air from the secondary containment system to the environment to help limit the amount of radioactive material released. According to the NRC notification, PNPS’ “b” standy gas treatment system was shut down for testing, but plant staff then found the  “A” system was having electrical problems, rendering it inoperable. “The inoperability of both SBGT System Trains ‘A’ and ‘B’ could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety functions to ‘control the release of radioactive material’ and ‘mitigate the consequences of an accident,” the notification stated. The “A” treatment system was returned to service an hour later. Continue Reading →

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UPDATED: Hurricane Sandy puts nuclear power plants on alert

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is not included in a list of Northeastern facilities receiving “enhanced oversight” due to Hurricane Sandy. Power plants between Maryland and Connecticut are included on that list. “Nuclear plants are robust structures,” Pilgrim spokeswoman Carol Wightman told The Patriot Ledger. “They’re designed to withstand hurricanes and tornados.” That wasn’t satisfactory to members of  Cape Cod Bay Watch, which which posted this message on Twitter:

#Massachusetts in State of Emergency due to #hurricane #Sandy but #Pilgrim #nuclear reactor still running; #NRC ignores this #Fukushima twin

— Cape Cod Bay Watch (@CapeCodBayWatch) October 29, 2012
 
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a press release Monday morning outlining storm preparations for power plants in the path of the hurricane. According to the release, inspectors are on site at all plants that could be affected by the storm. Continue Reading →

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Utility workers tech unit reaches tentative agreement with Entergy

The Utility Workers Union of America Local 369 announced today it has reached a tentative agreement with Louisiana-based Entergy Corp. on a contract for tech workers at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant, according to a press release from the union. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Maine quake felt in Manomet

[<a href=”http://storify.com/manometcurrent/plymouth-gets-the-shakes” target=”_blank”>View the story “Plymouth gets the shakes” on Storify</a>]<br /> <h1>Plymouth gets the shakes</h1> <h2>An earthquake in Southeastern Maine was felt all the way down to Plymouth, Tuesday night.</h2> <p>Storified by The Manomet Current &middot; Wed, Oct 17 2012 06:29:31</p> <div>At 7:12 p.m. this evening a 4.5 earthquake occured, with its epicenter just north of Waterboro, in Southern Maine.4.5 earthquake hits 100 miles north of Plymouth – Plymouth, MA – Wicked Local Plymouth</div> <div>The official&nbsp;magnitude&nbsp;was later downgraded by the United States Geological Survey.</div> <div>The USGS has updated the their report on the earthquake in Maine. Magnitude now a 4.0. http://ow.ly/ex7nyNWS Boston</div> <div>WATD-FM Managing Editor Christine James and Reporter Steven Dodrill were in the station’s newsroom and describe the events as a shaking or tremor that lasted no more than a minute.Breaking News: Earthquake felt in Southeastern Massachusetts</div> <div>According to the USGS, 52 people in Plymouth reported feeling the quake. Based on their reports, the effect was classifed as a 3 in Plymouth on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale.</div> <div>Felt by almost all indoors. Hanging objects swing. Continue Reading →

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UPDATED: Activists plan to sue Mass. nuclear plant owner

BOSTON GLOBE: Massachusetts activists have announced plans to sue the owners of the Pilgrim ­Nuclear Power Station for what they say is the continuous pollution of Cape Cod Bay over the last 16 years. Read More

HUFFINGTON POST: Plymouth nuclear power plant owner Entergy Corp. says it will thoroughly review allegations by activists who announced their intent to sue the plant for polluting Cape Cod Bay. Read More

Read the letters to the Massachusetts and U.S.Department of Environmental Protection

10.05.12+State+214+7A+Letter-1

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Nuclear Matters Committee Notes: Pilgrim getting visit from federal inspectors

Inspectors from the U.S. General Accounting Office will pay a visit to Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station Tuesday, plant official David Tarantino told the Nuclear Matters Committee, Monday night. The visit, he said, was to review the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s process for renewing Pilgrim’s license. A review from the GAO is not typical, he noted. Tarantino surmised that an unidentified congressman requested the visit. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Yet another Pilgrim Watch challenge rejected

<p>Pilgrim Watch=E2=80=99s challenge to two orders issued by the <=
a class=3D”zem_slink” href=3D”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_Regulato=
ry_Commission” rel=3D”wikipedia” target=3D”_blank” title=3D”Nuclear Regulat=
ory Commission”>Nuclear Regulatory Commission</a> in the wake of t=
he <a class=3D”zem_slink” href=3D”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fukushima=
_Daiichi_nuclear_disaster” rel=3D”wikipedia” target=3D”_blank” title=3D”Fuk=
ushima Daiichi nuclear disaster”>Fukushima disaster</a> in Japan w=
ere rejected by an Atomic Safety Licensing Board on the grounds they went b=
eyond the scope of the licensing procedure for <a class=3D”zem_slink” hr=
ef=3D”http://www.entergy-nuclear.com/plant_information/pilgrim.aspx” rel=3D=
“homepage” target=3D”_blank” title=3D”Pilgrim Nuclear Generating Station”&g=
t;Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station</a>.</p>
<p>The <a href=3D”http://www.pilgrimwatch.org/” target=3D”_blank”&=
gt;Duxbury-based organization</a> argued the NRC=E2=80=99s response t=
o two of the issues raised by events in Japan were not adequate. In one cas=
e, it challenged a requirement that f <a class=3D”zem_slink” href=3D”htt=
p://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boiling_water_reactor” rel=3D”wikipedia” target=
=3D”_blank” title=3D”Boiling water reactor”>boiling water reactor (BWR)&=
lt;/a> facilities with Mark I and Mark II containments lIke &#0160;t=
hose at the Fukushima facility and Pilgrim Station =E2=80=9Ctake the necess=
ary actions to install reliable hardened venting systems.=E2=80=9D This, th=
e NRC believes would help cool the reactor in case of an accident. Pilgrim =
Watch contended the order was inadequate since it didn=E2=80=99t require th=
e installation of filters in the direct torus vent.</p>
<p dir=3D”ltr”>The NRC also issued an order that nuclear power plant =
owners have a means of remotely monitoring <a class=3D”zem_slink” href=
=3D”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spent_fuel_pool” rel=3D”wikipedia” target=
=3D”_blank” title=3D”Spent fuel pool”>spent fuel pools</a>. Pilgri=
m Watch argued the fuel pools should be redesigned &#0160;and spent fue=
l moved to <a class=3D”zem_slink” href=3D”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D=
ry_cask_storage” rel=3D”wikipedia” target=3D”_blank” title=3D”Dry cask stor=
age”>dry cask storage</a> after five years.</p>
<p dir=3D”ltr”>The NRC granted Energy a new license for operation Pil=
grim for another 20 years in May.</p>
<p><strong>Read the ASLB ruling</strong></p>
<p><strong> <span class=3D”asset asset-generic at-xid-6a014=
7e2e64b07970b017616525eb3970c”><a href=3D”http://manometcurrent.typep=
ad.com/files/07.10.12-deny-request-hearing.pdf”>Download 07.10.12 DENY R=
EQUEST HEARING</a></span><br /></strong></p>
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Union members return to the picket line at Pilgrim after rejecting l=

<p>The picket lines are back up at <a class=3D”zem_slink” href=3D”=
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilgrim_Nuclear_Generating_Station” rel=3D”wik=
ipedia” target=3D”_blank” title=3D”Pilgrim Nuclear Generating Station”>P=
ilgrim Nuclear Power Station</a> after members of Utility Workers Uni=
on of America Local 369 rejected plant owner <a class=3D”zem_slink” href=
=3D”http://www.google.com/finance?q=3DNYSE:ETR” rel=3D”googlefinance” targe=
t=3D”_blank” title=3D”NYSE: ETR”>Entergy</a>=E2=80=99s latest prop=
osal by a vote of 137 against and 89 in favor.</p>
<p dir=3D”ltr”>WIth temperatures near 90 degrees, the crowd in front =
of the main gate at the power plant was smaller than before, but no less an=
gry at Entergy. One thing several union members wanted to make clear was th=
at the union leadership, despite reports to the contrary, did not endorse t=
he latest proposal, but simply presented it to their members. The negotiati=
ng team felt it was up to the membership to make the final decision, Pilgri=
m employee Bill Davenport said. =E2=80=9CWe were not going to make a solo d=
ecision,=E2=80=9D explained Kelly O=E2=80=99Brien, who serves on the negoti=
ating team.</p>
<p dir=3D”ltr”>Health care is still the issue that divides the two si=
des, Davenport said. According to Union President Dan Hurley, union workers=
currently pay 25 percent of those costs, a figure the company wants to inc=
rease. Continue Reading →

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Union members return to the picket line at Pilgrim after rejecting latest offer

The picket lines are back up at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station after members of Utility Workers Union of America Local 369 rejected plant owner Entergy’s latest proposal by a vote of 137 against and 89 in favor. WIth temperatures near 90 degrees, the crowd in front of the main gate at the power plant was smaller than before, but no less angry at Entergy. One thing several union members wanted to make clear was that the union leadership, despite reports to the contrary, did not endorse the latest proposal, but simply presented it to their members. The negotiating team felt it was up to the membership to make the final decision, Pilgrim employee Bill Davenport said. “We were not going to make a solo decision,” explained Kelly O’Brien, who serves on the negotiating team. Continue Reading →

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Sides in Pilgrim Station labor fight to resume talks Monday

<p>According to a union press release, negotiations will resume Monda=
y between <a class=3D”zem_slink” href=3D”http://entergy.com” rel=3D”home=
page” target=3D”_blank” title=3D”Entergy”>Entergy</a> and locked-o=
ut workers at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Stati0n.</p>
<p>However, members of&#0160;<a class=3D”zem_slink” href=3D”ht=
tp://www.uwua.net/” rel=3D”homepage” target=3D”_blank” title=3D”Utility Wor=
kers Union of America”>UWUA</a> Local 369 remain locked out of the=
facility. A statement from Pilgrim spokesman Carol Wightman says this is i=
n order to maintain &quot;the necessary safety focus at the plant.&=
quot; Not surprisingly, the union claims the opposite, arguing that the con=
tinued lockout &quot;needlessly puts the safety of our communities at r=
isk,&quot; in the words of Union president Dan Hurley.</p>
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Sides differ on importance of canceled safety drill at Pilgrim

<p>While locked-out union workers at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station sa=
y the decision to postpone a safety drill is evidence that there isn=E2=80=
=99t enough manpower to safely staff the plant, a Pilgrim spokesman says it=
=E2=80=99s because the company wants to focus on its safe operation.</p&=
gt;
<p>The drill was scheduled for Wednesday, June 13.</p>
<p dir=3D”ltr”>Utility Workers Union of America Local 369 sent out a =
press release criticizing the decision to put off the quarterly safety dril=
l, which it described as =E2=80=9CPilgrim Nuclear=E2=80=99s emergency respo=
nse preparedness,=E2=80=9D featuring the involvement of public safety offic=
ials and simulations of emergency situations. =E2=80=9CThe drill=E2=80=99s =
cancellation is disturbing and another indication that Entergy is placing p=
rofits before the safety of workers and our communities,=E2=80=9D said Unio=
n President Dan Hurley.</p>
<p dir=3D”ltr”><a class=3D”zem_slink” href=3D”http://maps.google.c=
om/maps?ll=3D41.945,-70.5783333333&amp;spn=3D0.01,0.01&amp;q=3D41.9=
45,-70.5783333333 (Pilgrim%20Nuclear%20Generating%20Station)&amp;t=3Dh”=
rel=3D”geolocation” target=3D”_blank” title=3D”Pilgrim Nuclear Generating =
Station”>Pilgrim Station</a> spokesman Carol Wightman confirmed a =
drill had been postponed, &#0160;but said it was just an internal drill=
and would be rescheduled. Entergy, Pilgrim=E2=80=99s owner, she said, want=
ed to focus on the safe operation of the plan while union workers are locke=
d out. If a genuine emergency does happen she said, emergency response team=
s are available.</p>
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Lockout continues at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station

<p><a class=3D”asset-img-link” href=3D”http://manometcurrent.typep=
ad.com/.a/6a0147e2e64b07970b01761525d35b970c-pi” style=3D”display: inline;”=
><img alt=3D”IMG_2048″ class=3D”asset asset-image at-xid-6a0147e2e64=
b07970b01761525d35b970c” src=3D”http://manometcurrent.typepad.com/.a/6a0147=
e2e64b07970b01761525d35b970c-400wi” style=3D”width: 400px;” title=3D”IMG_20=
48″ /></a><br /><span style=3D”font-family: verdana, gene=
va; font-size: 8pt;”>Picketing union workers, and a giant inflatable rat=
, at the entrance to Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.</span></p>
<p>The second day of the lockout of union workers at Pilgrim Nuclear =
Station saw the main entrance road closed off, a picketer claiming he was h=
it by a car, and a barrage of press releases from local politicians.</p&=
gt;

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Workers locked out of Pilgrim Station

<p dir=3D”ltr”><a class=3D”asset-img-link” href=3D”http://manometc=
urrent.typepad.com/.a/6a0147e2e64b07970b0167671e2d47970b-pi” style=3D”displ=
ay: inline;”><img alt=3D”2012-06-06_08-03-43_500″ class=3D”asset ass=
et-image at-xid-6a0147e2e64b07970b0167671e2d47970b” src=3D”http://manometcu=
rrent.typepad.com/.a/6a0147e2e64b07970b0167671e2d47970b-400wi” style=3D”wid=
th: 400px;” title=3D”2012-06-06_08-03-43_500″ /></a></p>
<p dir=3D”ltr”><span style=3D”font-family: verdana, geneva; font-s=
ize: 8pt;”>Pilgrim workers protest at the gates of the power plant after=
being locked out.</span></p>
<p>Union workers at <a class=3D”zem_slink” href=3D”http://www.ente=
rgy-nuclear.com/plant_information/pilgrim.aspx” rel=3D”homepage” target=3D”=
_blank” title=3D”Pilgrim Nuclear Generating Station”>Pilgrim Nuclear Pow=
er Station</a> were escorted from the building when their contract ex=
pired at midnight, Tuesday, June 5, according to a statement from the union=
.</p>

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Federal hearing on Pilgrim takes place in Boston, June 7

<p dir=3D”ltr”>Opponents of the <a class=3D”zem_slink” href=3D”htt=
p://www.entergy-nuclear.com/plant_information/pilgrim.aspx” rel=3D”homepage=
” target=3D”_blank” title=3D”Pilgrim Nuclear Generating Station”>Pilgrim=
Nuclear Power Station</a> will have a chance to be heard next week i=
n Boston as an <a class=3D”zem_slink” href=3D”http://en.wikipedia.org/wi=
ki/Atomic_Safety_and_Licensing_Board” rel=3D”wikipedia” target=3D”_blank” t=
itle=3D”Atomic Safety and Licensing Board”>Atomic Safety and Licensing B=
oard</a> will be in Boston to hear oral arguments on a hearing reques=
t regarding two <a class=3D”zem_slink” href=3D”http://www.nrc.gov” rel=
=3D”homepage” target=3D”_blank” title=3D”Nuclear Regulatory Commission”>=
Nuclear Regulatory Commission</a>&#0160; orders.</p>
<p dir=3D”ltr”>The ASLB will meet Thursday, June 7 at 10 a.m. in Cour=
troom 1 at the John W. McCormack Post Office and Courthouse, 5 <a class=
=3D”zem_slink” href=3D”http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=3D42.35626,-71.055707=
&amp;spn=3D0.01,0.01&amp;q=3D42.35626,-71.055707 (Post%20Office%20S=
quare%2C%20Boston%2C%20Massachusetts)&amp;t=3Dh” rel=3D”geolocation” ta=
rget=3D”_blank” title=3D”Post Office Square, Boston, Massachusetts”>Post=
Office Square</a>. Last week, <a class=3D”zem_slink” href=3D”http=
://entergy.com” rel=3D”homepage” target=3D”_blank” title=3D”Entergy”>Ent=
ergy</a>, Pilgrim&#39;s owner won its six-year effort to win a 20=
-year extension on the plant&#39;s license.</p>
<p dir=3D”ltr”>The hearing is taking place because <a href=3D”http=
://www.pilgrimwatch.org/” target=3D”_blank”>Pilgrim Watch</a>&=
#0160;challenged two orders issued by the NRC in response to the disaster a=
t the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. Pilgrim Watch is arguing that=
the NRC directives regarding reliable hardened containment vents and spent=
fuel pool instrumentation are not adequate.</p>
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Arrests made at peaceful protest at Pilgrim Station

<p><a class=3D”asset-img-link” href=3D”http://manometcurrent.typep=
ad.com/.a/6a0147e2e64b07970b016305ad9d42970d-pi” style=3D”display: inline;”=
><img alt=3D”IMG_1824″ class=3D”asset asset-image at-xid-6a0147e2e64=
b07970b016305ad9d42970d” src=3D”http://manometcurrent.typepad.com/.a/6a0147=
e2e64b07970b016305ad9d42970d-400wi” style=3D”width: 400px;” title=3D”IMG_18=
24″ /></a></p>
<p dir=3D”ltr”>Fourteen people were arrested for trespassing during a=
peaceful protest at the entrance road to the <a class=3D”zem_slink” hre=
f=3D”http://www.entergy-nuclear.com/plant_information/pilgrim.aspx” rel=3D”=
homepage” target=3D”_blank” title=3D”Pilgrim Nuclear Generating Station”&gt=
;Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station</a>, Sunday afternoon.</p>
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Pilgrim power plant opponents join labor fight

<p dir=3D”ltr”>A coalition of groups which has been fighting to shut =
down Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station has found a new weapon.</p>
<p dir=3D”ltr”>Pilgrim Watch, along with the Jones River Watershed As=
sociation, Freeze Pilgrim, and the Pilgrim Coalition have filed a petition =
asking the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to close the plant while the dispu=
te between power plant owner Entergy and the union representing most Pilgri=
m workers continues.</p>
<p dir=3D”ltr”>Members of UWUA Local 369 were not allowed into the fa=
cility Wednesday morning, in what the union says is a lockout, while a plan=
t spokesman said it was a paid day off.</p>
<p dir=3D”ltr”>=E2=80=9CPetitioners believe that &#0160;the lock-=
out, an actual strike, and Entergy=E2=80=99s unwillingness to</p>
<p>honor the requests of the workers &#0160;present an unacceptab=
le risk to the &#0160;public and &#0160;environment ,=E2=80=9D the =
groups claim. The petition argues that replacement workers cannot safely op=
erate the plant or be sufficiently trained. Pilgrim Station=E2=80=99s age, =
they argue, makes it a unique place to work. They also argue that changes p=
roposed to worker=E2=80=99s health care plan will have a =E2=80=9Csubstanti=
al negative effect on worker=E2=80=99s present and future morale.=E2=80=9D =
<br /> Pilgrim Watch and its allies also argue that supervisors who w=
ould take over operations at the plant are actually less experienced in ope=
rating it than the reactor operators they would replace. The petition claim=
s two of those supervisors don=E2=80=99t have active operator licenses.<=
/p>
<p>&#0160; &#0160; In related news, Freeze Pilgrim issued a s=
tatement urging support for the union, asking members to contact legislator=
s on their behalf.</p>
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;
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7e2e64b07970b016305997d0d970d”><a href=3D”http://manometcurrent.typep=
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