Anti-Seabrook Group To Seek Probe Of Energy Coalition’s Non-Profit Status
BOSTON (AP) _ A group opposed to the Seabrook nuclear power plant said Saturday it will ask Massachusetts authorities to investigate a non-profit group that received virtually all its funding from utilities tied to Seabrook.
The move followed release of a report Friday by the Coalition for Reliable Energy that it was given $2.8 million last year by 12 utilities with shares in the embattled coastal plant in New Hampshire.
The coalition has produced several television commercials calling for exploration of all alternative energy sources. Critics have called the ads a veiled promotional campaign for Seabrook.
Thomas Moughan, coordinator of Citizens Within the 10-Mile Radius, said his group would write the offices of the Massachusetts attorney general and the secretary of state this week to challenge the coalition’s non-profit status.
″It certainly seems too close (to Seabrook) to be legitimized as a non- profit organization,″ Moughan said. ″The information of where the funding comes from eliminates any doubt in our minds that this is anything but a front for Seabrook Station.″
In a news release Friday, coalition Chairwoman Elizabeth Mudge said the group would continue its support of Seabrook, ″but you can expect us to break out on other energy issues as well.″
There was no answer Saturday at the home telephone of coalition president Bruce McCarthy. Telephone messages left for other spokesmen were unanswered.
The completed plant near the Massachusetts border has been in limbo because of complaints about evacuation planning.
Gov. Michael S. Dukakis, a Seabrook opponent, has refused to submit plans for six Massachusetts communities within 10 miles of the plant, saying evacuation would be impossible. Moughan’s group agrees.
In response, Seabrook officials have asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to reduce the evacuation zone to one mile, which would eliminate Massachusetts from the evacuation process.
The NRC ruled earlier this month that no low-power testing license would be issued for Seabrook until the commission decides on the size of the evacuation zone.