Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station could be on the way out. For years, the power plant has posed a danger to residents in Massachusetts. Now, after more than 43 years, it may finally be shut down, if officials decide they cannot afford to make repairs on the aging power plant. The plant's safety rating was downgraded in September to the second-to-lowest category, making it one of the least-safe plants in the country. If the needed repairs are not made, the plant will move into the lowest category -- and close.
Dozens of groups in Massachusetts, including MASSPIRG and Toxics Action Center have long fought against nuclear power, and Pilgrim in particular. A report released in April, endorsed by MASSPIRG and Toxics Action Center, shows that Pilgrim pollutes Cape Cod Bay and destroys marine life in the area. Toxics Action Center, along with a broad coalition, has kept up the pressure on Gov. Charlie Baker and state leaders to close the plant and turn to cleaner energy sources.