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Nuclear storage casks vulnerable to flooding, Pilgrim Station critics argue

Most of the spent fuel at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is stored in a pool of water inside the reactor building. Over the past few years, Entergy has started moving that fuel into dry storage at another location on their property and they say they want to move all of it out of the spent fuel pool and into dry casks once the plant shuts down for good at the end of June 2019. However, critics of the plant are concerned that even outside the pool, the spent fuel may still get wet. (more…) Continue Reading →

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THE PATRIOT LEDGER: Feds want answers from Pilgrim nuclear plant

Potential problems connected to the radioactive spent-fuel pool at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station are once again the focus of federal regulators, who are questioning how the condition of two of the panels, installed to prevent nuclear fission from occurring, can be accurately tracked. Read more at the Patriot Ledger. Continue Reading →

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WICKED LOCAL: $25 million a year decommissioning fee proposed for Pilgrim nuclear plant

Without sufficient funds for safely decommissioning the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, the state could be left holding the proverbial (glowing) bag once the plant ceases operations, environmental activists warned lawmakers Monday, asking them to impose a $25 million annual fee on the station if it misses deadlines. Read more at Wicked Local. Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: State senator seeks ‘more teeth’ for nuclear panel

The senator for the Cape & Islands District is looking to increase resources, in the form of new perspectives and much-needed cash, for a state-appointed committee charged with offering advice on the decommissioning of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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Creators of Manomet’s new wildlife sanctuary celebrate long road to completion

After years of planning and preparation, the Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Manomet is almost ready for visitors. Saturday, the land’s former owners, Evan Schulman and Glorianna Davenport celebrated the completion of the project with a gathering in what was once a cranberry bog. Only a week earlier, the land had become the property of Mass Audubon, which will now manage it. There are still a few details to be worked out before visitors are welcomed onto the land in early November. People driving on Beaver Dam Road have probably noticed the signs that have gone up, as well as the disappearance of the red garage that used to sit across from the former cranberry bog on the west side of the road. Continue Reading →

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Family Day at the Manomet Center

This Saturday, October 14, is Family Day at the Manomet Center. Research scientists will lead a a short hike around the Manomet Headquarters to see the banding nets up close. Visitors will get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Banding Lab and learn more about how Manomet has been banding birds for more than 50 years. (more…) Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Pilgrim failed to identify 23 assets open to cyberattack

Operators failed to identify and document 23 “critical digital assets” that perform functions related to safety systems and emergency preparedness at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, despite being told about the shortcoming by federal inspectors in 2015. Read more at Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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State officials to hold site visit, presentation, for Atlantic Link cable project

A site visit and public consultation session regarding the Clean Power Northeast Development’s proposed Atlantic Link  transmission cable project will be held on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 4 p.m.
The visit starts at the Plymouth Moose Lodge, 601 State Road and will be taken by bus to the site.  Following the site visit, a public consultation session, including a presentation about the Atlantic Link project, will be held at 6 p.m. at the Plymouth Moose Lodge. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Learn about owls at the WIldlands Trust

Explore the world of owls with two talented naturalists and six lively owls, whose pursuits both near and far make this interactive program fun and educational at the Wildlands Trust on October 15 at 1 p.m.

“Who’s Watching You? Owls of the World” will introduce you to the owls of New England and beyond. Naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson will share the field marks, signs and naturalist’s skills used to find wild owls without disturbing them. Everyone is treated to a hooting lesson, as well as tips on how to attract and protect owls near you. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Vermont official urges nuclear decommissioning panel to ask questions, even if they’re not answered

Last week, Kate O’Connor, chairman of the citizen’s advisory panel created when the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant was shut down gave Massachusetts’s own Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel a preview of what to expect in the next few years as Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station prepares to shut down forever. Vermont’s NDCAP was created in 2014, shortly before Vermont Yankee was shut down in December of that year, O’Connor said. In contrast, the Massachusetts NDCAP held its first meeting in May, over two years before Pilgrim Station is scheduled to close. (more…) Continue Reading →

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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE: Tropical Storm Warning

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Eastern and Southern Plymouth County. Minor coastal flooding is possible Tuesday night. However, a storm surge of 1 to 3 feet may occur Wednesday and Wednesday night, above already high astronomical tides, for both south and east facing coastlines. When combined with large wave action, this could produce localized areas of 1 to 3 feet of inundation above ground level.  Minor to moderate coastal flooding is expected along the southeastern Massachusetts coastline. Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Pilgrim addresses deteriorating protective panels

Operators of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station have used geometry to ensure a fire and radioactive release won’t occur in the plant’s spent fuel pool, despite ongoing deterioration of hundreds of neutron-absorbing panels needed to prevent a nuclear reaction. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Twp cybersecurity violations found at Pilgrim

Federal regulators found two violations related to cybersecurity at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station during an inspection last month. And although details are scarce, in both instances staff performance at the plant, which is owned and operated by Entergy Corp., again fell short. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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A little piece of White Horse Beach catches eye of the Open Space Committee

The Open Space Committee is looking to protect a small piece of White Horse Beach that was once a favored spot for sea mossers. The plot of land is tiny, barely 1/5 of an acre. It came into the town’s possession a little under seven years ago after its owner failed to pay taxes on it. Now, the Open Space Committee wants the parcel transferred from the control of the Town Treasurer to the Conservation Commission. That would give the essentially unbuildable plot of beach even greater protection, Open Space Committee Chairman Betsy Hall told the Manomet Village Steering Committee last week. Continue Reading →

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Learn about shorebirds at the Manomet Center

Manomet, Inc. is holding a “Know your Shorebirds” series at its headquarters at 125 Manomet Point Road. Led by Evan Dalton, Manomet’s Lead Instructor of Landbird Conservation, These introductory courses will teach the basics needed in  birding endeavors for the season, from shorebirds to sparrows. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Environmentalists want voices heard on Pilgrim Station land

When it comes to the 1,500 acres of land that surrounds Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, local environmentalists want to be heard. The Coalition to Preserve Natural Plymouth recently came before the Manomet Village Steering Committee to talk about their ambitions for the land. Cheryl Heller expressed the group’s concerns over the plan to run a hydroelectric cable onto the land and connect it to a substation on the property. Emera Inc., the company bidding for the power contract, already has an agreement to lease 52 acres of land from Entergy for the project. (more…) Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Pilgrim owner avoids citation for violation

The owners of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station have argued their way out of an initial finding that the plant should be cited by federal regulators with a more serious violation for a leaky valve on a gearbox that put one of two emergency generators out of service in September. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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Learn about shorebirds at the Manomet Center

Manomet, Inc. is holding a “Know your Shorebirds” series at its headquarters at 125 Manomet Point Road. Led by Evan Dalton, Manomet’s Lead Instructor of Landbird Conservation, These introductory courses will teach the basics needed in  birding endeavors for the season, from shorebirds to sparrows. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Work to protect Manomet Point set to begin

Work to keep Manomet Point from sliding into Cape Cod Bay is expected to begin soon. The plan, according to Director of Public Works Jonathan Beder, is to protect the bluff with boulders, lowered by a crane, weighing between 1 and 3 tons.  Beder wasn’t sure exactly when the work would begin. Beder met with town staff, Lobster Pound Owner Frank Collins and  other interested parties at the Point Tuesday morning to discuss the plan. (more…) Continue Reading →

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WICKED LOCAL: Emera’s bid to bring electricity to Plymouth is in

It’s official. Emera Inc. has formally proposed to the state the construction of a new 1,000 megawatt subsea transmission cable – the Atlantic Link – connecting “Atlantic Canada to the Boston load center” via Plymouth. Read more at Wicked Local. Continue Reading →

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Learn about bees at the Wildlands Trust

Join Wildlands Trust and the Plymouth County Beekeepers Association for a night dedicated to honey bees. On July 20, Bonnie Benford from the PCBA will be discussing everything from how bees affect our food supply to how honey is made. Whether you’re an avid beekeeper, have an interest in beekeeping, or just like bees, this talk is sure to be sweet. (more…) Continue Reading →

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WATD-FM: Environmental Coalition Petitioning to be a Part of Emera Agreement with Entergy

The Coalition to Preserve Natural Plymouth, doesn’t find fault with Emera’s agreement with Entergy to build a transmission line from Canada to deliver clean energy to the state, but the Coalition has other concerns with the proposal. Read more at WATD-FM. Continue Reading →

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