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Opinion

June 19, 2013

Markey stands up for nuclear plant safety

To the editor:

Everyone who lives, works or plays in the shadow of a nuclear power plant has a deep stake in nuclear plant safety — we have not forgotten the Fukushima disaster. Fortunately, in Massachusetts we have an exceptional leader who has tirelessly stood up for nuclear plant safety, Congressman Edward J. Markey. Recently, No More Fukushimas awarded Ed Markey its first-ever award for nuclear safety advocacy, and today, we wholeheartedly endorse him for the U.S. Senate.

For decades, Ed Markey has been a powerful voice for those of us who live near the Seabrook plant. Along with Congressman John Tierney, Ed Markey has vigorously challenged the Nuclear Regulatory Commission nuclear power plant relicensing process, stating that the effort initiated in 2010 to extend the license of the Seabrook facility from 2030 to 2050, before the plant has significantly aged, is premature. Ed Markey also has pressured the NRC to investigate the concrete degradation at the plant, which poses a risk to the safety of thousands of area families.

Nationally, Ed Markey has become the preeminent voice in Congress for nuclear plant safety. He has courageously stood up to the nuclear industry and the NRC by fighting for safety at plants from the San Onofre plant in California to the Seabrook plant in New Hampshire. Inexplicably, Gabriel Gomez has had nothing to say about nuclear plant safety. Gomez has completely ignored the concerns of the people of Massachusetts — especially in light of the Fukushima disaster — who live in the shadow of at least three nuclear power plants.

Ed Markey has had our backs for decades; now that he is running for the Senate he richly deserves this award and our vote for senator on Tuesday, June 25.

Joanna Hammond

Amesbury

Bruce Skud

Newburyport

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