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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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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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CAPE COD TIMES: Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station cooling system deemed inoperable

With a sweeping inspection by a federal team just two weeks away, operators at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station had to declare a system used to cool the reactor inoperable on Monday, after it failed a routine quarterly test. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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WATD-FM: Officials Concerned Over Pinehills’ Proposed Expansion

Pinehills LLC is looking to add more homes to the development through land purchases and the use of transfer of development rights. But increased density brings with it increased safety concerns on the part of some town officials. Read more at WATD-FM. Continue Reading →

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Manomet Center appoints new chief operating officer

The Manomet Center has promoted Constance de Brun to Chief Operating Officer / Chief Financial Officer. In her new role, de Brun is responsible for leading all internal operations at Manomet. She will also continue to have overall responsibility for its finance, human resources, information technology, facilities and office administration functions. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Help cleanup the Six Ponds area on Saturday

The Six Pond Improvement Association will host a cleanup at the intersection of Clark and Long Pond Road, off Exit 3 in Plymouth starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 29, 2016. Participants should wear safety vests or blaze orange. Six Ponds will provide trash bags. Continue Reading →

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Help cleanup White Horse Beach

Join the Wildlands Trust at White Horse Beach  for COASTSWEEP on October 29 from 9 a.m. to noon. COASTSWEEP is an annual state-wide beach cleanup and data collection effort organized by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management. This cleanup will also be part of the town-wide beach cleanup day in Plymouth. Volunteers will work in small teams to collect and record trash found on the shoreline. This data is then used to develop education and policy initiatives to help reduce marine debris. Continue Reading →

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Town Meeting buys a Manomet bog

Cranberry Bog in Manomet

Town Meeting overwhelmingly voted Saturday to purchase 127 acres of land off Beaver Dam Road that includes a cranberry bog, along with a piece of land that extends into the Pine Hills. The vote to spend $599,000 of Community Preservation money was 113-6. The town is adding $51,000 of grant money to that figure and will receive $375,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture to restore the area, accoridng to Environmental Affairs Director David Gould. The bog has already been taken out of commission. (more…) Continue Reading →

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PATRIOT LEDGER: Watchdog wants independent expert at Pilgrim plant inspection

Twenty federal inspectors from around the country will descend on Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station on Nov. 28 to scrutinize mechanical systems and worker performance at the problem-plagued plant. But at least one Pilgrim watchdog wants to boost that number to 21. Read more at the Patriot Ledger. Continue Reading →

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Help cleanup White Horse Beach

Join the Wildlands Trust at White Horse Beach  for COASTSWEEP on October 29 from 9 a.m. to noon. COASTSWEEP is an annual state-wide beach cleanup and data collection effort organized by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management. This cleanup will also be part of the town-wide beach cleanup day in Plymouth. Volunteers will work in small teams to collect and record trash found on the shoreline. This data is then used to develop education and policy initiatives to help reduce marine debris. Continue Reading →

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Mass Audubon looks for support to take over Tidmarsh Farms

Mass Audubon wants to take over Tidmarsh Farms, the nearly complete 600-acre ecological restoration project in Manomet, and turn it into its newest wildlife sanctuary. In order to do that, they need to raise $3.6 million by next June. That’s the deadline to receive a $1 million state grant they were awarded. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Tidmarsh Farms walk postponed until Sunday, October 2

The tour of Tidmarsh Farms, scheduled for Saturday, October 1 has been postponed to Sunday, October 2 due to the rain expected on Saturday. Tidmarsh Farms’ owners and Mass Audubon naturalists will lead a guided walk and talk about Tidmarsh Farms, the site of the largest freshwater restoration in Massachusetts and a potential new Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary. (more…) Continue Reading →

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