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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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CAPE COD TIMES: Entergy report to NRC focuses on equipment failures

An incident report submitted by the owner of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station and posted on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s website Wednesday is still being reviewed by the federal agency and will play into the plant’s performance evaluation for the final quarter of 2016. Read more at The Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission to present preliminary findings of Pilgrim Station inspection

Nuclear Regulatory Commission senior staff will meet with the public on Tuesday, January 31 in Plymouth to discuss the preliminary findings of a team inspection recently completed at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. 
 The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Hotel 1620 Plymouth Harbor, located at 180 Water Street. Attendees will have an opportunity to offer comments and pose questions to NRC staff prior to the meeting’s conclusion. (more…) Continue Reading →

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PATRIOT LEDGER: Repairs made after new problem found at Pilgrim nuclear plant

Two dampers designed to automatically close so radioactivity can’t escape into the environment in an emergency failed to fully shut when tested during a routine maintenance check at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station Monday. It turned out the dampers simply needed to be cleaned and lubricated. While the issue took only 15 minutes to address, there is no way to know how long they had not been working. Read more at the Patriot Ledger. 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 for 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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CAPE COD TIMES: Pilgrim remains shut down

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station remains shut down today after the discovery of leaks in three of the eight main steam isolation valves, designed to close quickly to prevent radioactivity from leaking into the environment during a nuclear incident. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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Pilgrim Station eyed as site for hydroelectric power cable

A Canadian energy company is looking to build a 900 megawatt power cable from New Brunswick, Canada, to Massachusetts. The cable could potentially terminate at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. The 370-mile cable would start at Saint John, New Brunswick, making it one of the longest underwater power cables in the world, according to Robin McAdam of Emera, the company proposing to build the cable. (more…) Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: More deteriorating panels found at Pilgrim nuclear plant

Nearly 900 neutron-absorbing panels used to prevent a nuclear reaction from occurring in Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station’s spent fuel pool could be deteriorating by this time next year, increasing the chances of a fire and radioactive release. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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Manomet Center gets federal grant to expand internship program

The Manomet Center has received a $91,000 grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency to expand its internship program. Called “U360,” the program gives students a chance to learn about climate change, energy, water, and toxins; practical tools for addressing these environmental issues; and how to apply this knowledge by helping small businesses improve their sustainability and reduce their environmental footprint, according to a press release. The grant allows the Manomet Center to expand the program to five schools in New England. (more…) Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: NRC email: Pilgrim plant ‘overwhelmed’

In an in-house email sent Monday to Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials, the leader of a federal inspection team currently scouring equipment, procedures and staff performance at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station says inspectors are struggling to interpret just what they are seeing at the troubled plant. Read more at The Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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Federal officials arrive at Pilgrim Station to begin latest inspection

 

A team of 20 Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors descended on Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station Monday morning to see if the plant has managed to correct problems that resulted in being classified as one of the worst performing nuclear power plants in the country. During a conference call with the press, officials from the NRC outlined the process they will go through to see if Pilgrim Station has fixed, or has plans to fix, the issues that have plagued it in recent years. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Tidmarsh Farms isn’t open to the public…yet

Tidmarsh Farms East isn’t open for business quite yet. Residents used to walking the property before its restoration, sometimes with their pets, have been venturing back onto the site now that the earth-moving equipment has been removed, according to Tidmarsh Farms Trustee Glorianna Davenport.  Now that the big trucks have left, the project has shifted focus to planting in upland areas, which Davenport called a “sensitive time for the project” in an e-mail. (more…) Continue Reading →

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