Press Release
March 26, 2024

Fernandes Calls for Immediate Halt to Dangerous Forced Evaporation by Holtec

March 26, 2024 - BOSTON – Today, Representative Dylan Fernandes joined legislative colleagues in calling on Holtec leadership to immediately stop the forced evaporation of radioactive wastewater at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant.

“The forced evaporation of untreated radioactive wastewater raises health and safety concerns,” said Rep. Fernandes. “Holtec has repeatedly breached the public trust and needs to be held accountable for the safe decommissioning of the power plant. We are calling on them to stop forced evaporation until MassDEP can analyze the health and safety implications for the people of Plymouth and the surrounding communities.”

The letter, signed by legislative colleagues from across Cape Cod and the South Shore, calls on Holtec to stop the forced evaporation of radioactive wastewater until the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) can fully analyze this untested method of wastewater disposal.

Holtec previously proposed discharging over 1 million gallons of radioactive waste directly into the Cape Cod Bay. This plan was met with significant public opposition and was tentatively denied by DEP. Instead of seeking a safer alternative, Holtec installed electric submersion heaters to evaporate the contaminated water without notifying the public or state regulators. This method results in higher exposure to radioactive tritium for surrounding communities.

“We deserve transparency and accountability when it comes to the handling of nuclear waste and residents deserve to know exactly whether forced evaporation will impact their health and safety,” Fernandes continued. 

Fernandes has served as the State Representative for the Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket district since 2017. He’s running for State Senate in the Plymouth and Barnstable district to succeed Senator Su Moran, who announced she would not seek re-election last November.