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Pilgrim Station finishes final refueling

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station was reconnected to the grid early Monday morning following what is expected to be its final refueling before the plant closes in 2019. The power plant had been out of service since since April 9, according to a statement from spokesman Patrick O’Brien.  Continue Reading →

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Learn about Lyme Disease at the Wildlands Trust

Lyme Disease is the most prevalent infectious disease in Massachusetts and is now considered to be a public health crisis, but tick-borne diseases are preventable. Join Entomologist Larry Dapsis at the Wildlands Trust, 675 Long Pond Road, on May 23 at 7 p.m. for a presentation in the Community Conservation Barn to better understand the basic life cycle and ecology of deer ticks, occurrence of tick-borne illnesses, and how to protect yourself, your yard and your pet. (more…) Continue Reading →

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CapeCod.com: Pilgrim Hit With Two More Violations in First-Quarter Report

Just days after two high pressure safety valves failed a required test at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, the plant has been hit with two more violations by federal regulators. Read more at CapeCod.com. Continue Reading →

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Court rules for Entergy in dry cask storage case

After nearly four years of litigation, a Boston Land Court ruled upheld a zoning permit that allowed Entergy Corporation to place a dry cask storage facility at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. According to a statement from Cape Cod Bay Watch, which supported the lawsuit, Judge Robert Foster ruled the permit originally granted for the construction of Pilgrim allowed for the storage facility to be built. When Director of Inspectional Services Paul McAuliffe originally granted the permit back in 2013, it was challenged on the grounds that the permit for PNPS did not allow for storage of spent fuel other than the storage pool inside the plant. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Public meetings scheduled for Massasoit National Wildlife Refuge draft comprehensive conservation plan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting public comments through May 16, 2017, on a proposed 15-year plan for managing wildlife, habitat and public uses at Massasoit National Wildlife Refuge. Two public meetings about the refuge draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan  and Environmental Assessment  will be held Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Plymouth Public Library, 132 South Street. The first meeting runs from 2 to 4 pm; the second meeting runs from 6 to 8 pm. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Help count herring at Tidmarsh Farms

The Living Observatory at Tidmarsh Farms is looking for volunteers to help count herring this April and May. No experience is  necessary, but volunteers must commit to a regular schedule. Sign up if you are interested in learning more or helping out.  Or e-mail info@livingobservatory.org for questions. Continue Reading →

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Public invited to comment on draft conservation plan for Massasoit National Wildlife Refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting public comments on a proposed 15-year plan for managing wildlife, habitat, and public uses at Massasoit National Wildlife Refuge. The draft plans will be available for a 60-day public review and comment period through May 16, 2017, at  the Plymouth Public Library. It can also be found online. The Service will accept comments provided in letters, faxes, and emails received by May 16, 2017. In addition, refuge staff will hold public meetings at 2 and 6 p.m. on April 26, 2017 at the Plymouth Public Library. Continue Reading →

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Environmental agencies plan controlled burn for South Plymouth wildlife refuge

If weather conditions allow, firefighters from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service and other partners will be conducting prescribed burning on Massasoit National Wildlife Refuge to reduce the risk of wildfire to nearby homes and to improve wildlife habitat. The burn area is is immediately south of Wildcat Lane, Strawberry Hill Road, Jason’s Lane, Evelyn Road and Crabtree Road,  and west of the junction of Alden and Long Pond Roads. Firefighters previously burned part of this area in 2007 and 2010. In 2015, additional fire breaks were constructed to facilitate the safe burning of additional parts of the refuge. If conditions allow, it is possible for burning to take place anytime from now until May 15, 2017. Continue Reading →

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NRC to discuss Pilgrim Station safety inspection on March 21 at Memorial Hall

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will discuss the NRC’s assessment of safety performance at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station during the 2016 calendar year at Memorial Hall on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. The NRC will also discuss preliminary conclusions from the recent inspection stemming from Pilgrim’s poor safety rating. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Winter storm warning issued for Tuesday

The National Weather Service has issued a  winter storm warning from early Tuesday morning through Tuesday afternoon for most of southeastern Massachusetts. Heavy snow, strong winds, and reduced visibility with snow accumulation of between 8 and than 12 inches is possible along with significant blowing and drifting of snow. The snow is expected to begin between 5 and 7 a.m. It may tun to sleet by the afternoon. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Manomet Center receives grant for forestry research

The Manomet Center’s Climate Services program was recently awarded a grant from The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. 

 The grant will support Manomet’s development of the Resiliency Assessment Framework, a scalable approach for assessing forest resilience to climate change, demonstrating the adaptation and mitigation value of forestlands certified to SFI, and incorporating climate opportunities and risks in planning and management. (more…) Continue Reading →

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WICKED LOCAL: Pilgrim Station decommissioning panel has four Plymouth members

“Who you gonna call” when the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station closes down? Where are you going to take your worries to, when Entergy is no longer making electricity out of their Rocky Hill Road address? The usual suspects will still be around – Entergy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Board of Selectmen – but there will also be a new and potentially important state committee: the 16-member Massachusetts Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel. Read more at Wicked Local. Continue Reading →

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Pilgrim Station back online after storm shutdown

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station reconnected to the grid on Sunday after it had been taken off-line, Thursday in advance of the winter storm, according to a statement from plant spokesman Patrick O’Brien. Prior to going offline the station had been operating at 30 percent power to repair a small leak in a condenser tube and preemptively plug additional tubes to prevent future leaks, he noted.  The plant took advantage of the shutdown to complete additional preventative maintenance that cannot be down when the unit is operating at full-power, O’Brien added.  Continue Reading →

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WICKED LOCAL: Pilgrim at reduced power for third day as crews fix seawater leak

The Pilgrim nuclear power plant remained at reduced power early this morning as crews continued work on seawater leak in the plant’s condenser. Operators at the 680-megawatt plant initially reduced power to about 50 percent Monday after the seawater leak was discovered. The plant remained at 30 percent as of early this morning, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Read more at Wicked Local. Continue Reading →

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Selectmen back bid to bring power lines into Plymouth

Efforts to make Plymouth the last stop for a major hydroelectric cable got a boost from the Board of Selectmen, Tuesday. The board voted its support for a Special Town Meeting article that would transfer a parcel of land near the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, which was taken by the town due to a tax issue, from the Town Treasurer to the Board of Selectmen. The board would then transfer the land to the Plymouth Economic Development Foundation. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Build a home for an owl at Tidmarsh Farms

The Herring Ponds Watershed Association is holding a  screech owl and bluebird nest box building workshop a the Barn at Tidmarsh West on February 11, 2017 from 10 a.m. to noon. All wood parts will be precut from rough-sawn wood. Tools and fasteners will be available to assemble on the spot or to take home. Species habits and box placement advice will be dispensed. (more…) Continue Reading →

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WICKED LOCAL: Plymouth DPW looking to assess causes of Manomet Point erosion

The town is taking action to stop a sudden increase in erosion of the bluff at the end of Manomet Point Road, but local residents are concerned that the problem is bigger than the town wants to admit, or pay for. Read more at Wicked Local. Continue Reading →

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