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The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station (“Pilgrim”) is located in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The area that is approximately 10 miles around Pilgrim is called the Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ). Plans have been developed for warning and protecting people within the EPZ. Communities in the EPZ are: Plymouth, Kingston, Duxbury and portions of Carver and Marshfield. The Emergency Planning Zone is divided into twelve sub-areas. Official emergency instructions will be given for specific sub-areas. It is important to know your sub-area and follow instructions for that specific area. See the sub-areas below.
People that live, work, or vacation within the 10 mile EPZ should be prepared for an emergency at Pilgrim and be familiar with the EPZ’s emergency plans and procedures. For a map of the EPZ communities, visit our Pilgrim Station Map.
Sub-area 1 - That portion of Plymouth within approximately 2 miles of the Pilgrim Station from Clifford Road east to White Horse Beach, and from Manomet Bluffs north to the StationSub-area 2 - That portion of Plymouth from Long Pond and Jordan Roads east to the coast, and from Ship Pond Road north to Howland Pond and Manomet BluffsSub-area 3 - That portion of Plymouth from the eastern shores of Billington Sea, Great South Pond and Gunners Exchange Pond east to Plymouth Beach, and from the intersection of Alden and Long Pond Roads, and Jordan Road north to Samoset StreetSub-area 4 - Duxbury Beach, Gurnet Point, Saquish Neck and Clark’s IslandSub-area 5 - That portion of Plymouth south of Upper College Pond Road, Alden Road, Long Pond Road, and Ship Pond RoadSub-area 6 - That portion of Plymouth from the Plymouth-Carver town line east to the eastern shores of Billington Sea. Great South Pond, and Gunners Exchange Pond, and from Upper College and Alden Roads north to Samoset Street and Carver RoadSub-area 7 - That portion of Plymouth south of the Kingston -Plymouth Town line to Carver Road – Samoset StreetSub-area 8 - The entire Town of KingstonSub-area 9 - The entire Town of DuxburySub-area 10 - That portion of Marshfield south of Route 139/Careswell Street - Dyke RoadSub-area 11 - That portion of Carver east of Route 58Sub-area 12 - That portion of Cape Cod Bay within 10 miles of the station
If an emergency is declared at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, it would be categorized into one of four emergency levels.
Unusual Event: This means a minor problem has occurred at the plant. It may involve situations such as hazardous weather or a minor equipment problem. Public officials would be notified, but there would be no need to sound the warning signals. People in the area would not need to take any special actions.
Alert: This could affect plant safety but it is not expected to require any special actions by residents. Public officials would be notified. Officials would monitor the situation and would be ready to act if it got worse. As a precaution, public officials may mobilize transportation resources, transfer school children to host facilities outside the area and clear state forests and waterways. State and local officials will convey necessary actions and important information through EAS radio or television broadcasts and other alerting systems.
Site Area Emergency: This means a more serious problem affecting the plant and plant boundaries has occurred. Any release of radioactive materials would be below federal limits. As a precaution, state officials may move school children to host facilities outside the area if this had not already been done. Other precautions would be called for by state officials, as needed. State and local officials will convey necessary actions and important information through EAS radio or television broadcasts and other alerting systems.
General Emergency: This is the most serious type of emergency. It could involve serious damage at the plant and a release of radioactive materials. State officials might direct persons in some areas to shelter-in-place or to evacuate to a safer location. State and local officials will convey necessary actions and important information through EAS radio or television broadcasts and other alerting systems.
If there is an emergency requiring public notification, you will be alerted by one or more of the following warning systems:
If you hear any of these signals, turn to one of the EAS radio stations immediately.
If you are alerted by the warning signal, you should tune to your local EAS station for emergency instructions. EAS is the direct link between you and the people responsible for your safety. Instructions may be given to you at any hour, day or night, and will include recommendations as to what you should do for your protection. Follow instructions carefully. Do not worry if you miss the beginning of an emergency broadcast. Information will be provided regularly.
In case of an emergency, always stay tuned to an EAS station for your area.
Check with your neighbors, especially the elderly or persons who have difficulty hearing or seeing, to make sure they have received the warning and know what to do.
You may be in a sub-area instructed to shelter-in-place. This means you should immediately go inside the nearest available building. If you are already inside, stay there. Sheltering-in-place may provide the best protection. If a shelter-in-place message is given for your sub-area you should do the following:
Take the following actions ONLY if your sub-area is told to evacuate:
Reception centers are available to assist evacuees in the event of a radioactive release. The reception center for your sub-area is outside the 10-mile EPZ:
At the reception center, you will be registered and monitored for contamination and care for anyone needing this type of assistance. You will be able to receive information about the location of other members of your family who have already registered at the reception center. If you need a place to stay, you will be directed to a mass care shelter that provides meals and lodging. The reception center and mass care shelters are handicap accessible. If you have additional needs, officials will assist you. If you can, you may want to stay with friends or relatives until the emergency is over.
Directions to Pilgrim Reception Centers