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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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Selectmen want answers about Pilgrim Nuclear safety concerns after memo is leaked

The Board of Selectmen don’t just want to hear from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, they demand it. Selectmen were prompted to meet in an emergency session after a memo was leaked by an NRC official that described staff at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station as being “overwhelmed by just trying to run the station.” The memo came to the board’s attention via an article in the Cape Cod Times. The memo was written to update NRC officials about the inspection currently taking place at the power plant. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Too many new homes on historic road for Planning Board

Plans for a small housing development on a historically significant parcel of land in Manomet met opposition from neighbors and skepticism from the Planning Board. Nancy Nolan, who owns 20 Brook Road, located near the northern end of the street, is proposing to build five single family homes, or two single family homes and two duplexes, on the 2.8 acre property. The property was once owned by Robert Bartlett, who came to Plymouth in 1623, according to Jan Rushforth, who once owned it along with her husband, the late Dr. David Rushforth. Nolan’s representatives brought the project before the Planning Board Monday night. (more…) Continue Reading →

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WICKED LOCAL: Town, Entergy add two more years to PILOT payments

Prior to the discussion of the first article on the warrant of the fall Town Meeting Selectmen Chairman Ken Tavares announced the successful resolution of negotiations with the Entergy corporation on a two-year extension of the PILOT (Payment In Lieu of Taxes) agreement for the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. Read more at the Patriot Ledger. Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Pilgrim braces for sweeping inspection

Entergy Corp., owner-operator of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, notified federal regulators Sept. 2 that the plant was ready to undergo a huge, comprehensive inspection of its equipment, staff and procedures. But just four days later, operators were forced to shut down the Plymouth plant for nearly two weeks when a faulty valve caused a water leak in the reactor containment building. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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Plymouth police log and arrests for September 26, 2016

7:15 a.m. Larceny on Muirfield
Copper piping stolen from house under construction in the Pinehills. 7:31 a.m. Breaking and entering of a motor vehicle on Clearwater Drive
Cigarettes and $40 taken from a car. According to police it was open using a broom pole. 8:32 a.m. Vandalism on Tide View Path
A rock was thrown through a door window. 10:45 a.m. Breaking and entering of a motor vehicle on Clearwater Drive
Three unlocked cars rummaged through. Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Legislators push for Pilgrim upgrades

The Massachusetts Congressional Delegation has added its voice to those calling on federal regulators to reject a request from the owner of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station to extend a deadline on critical safety vent upgrades mandated in response to the 2011 Fukushima disaster, according to the Cape Cod Times. The NRC last year approved a similar request from the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in New Jersey , according to an e-mail from NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan. Oyster Creek is scheduled to cease permanent operations in December 2019. The agency approved Oyster Creek’s request to not have to install a reliable hardened vent from the plant’s torus, the doughnut-shaped reservoir of water at its base. However, the NRC has not ruled on the portion of the order dealing with a vent from the enclosed area around the reactor, Sheehan wrote. Continue Reading →

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Trio of overdoses reported over the weekend

Police responded to a number of drug overdoses in Manomet and the Pinehills over the weekend, including one involving an 18-year-old male. In the first incident, a 22-year-old Plymouth woman was found unresponsive in a car parked at a restaurant in Manomet Friday afternoon, according to Captain John Rogers. She was given two doses of Narcan by police and taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth. According to Rogers, the victim admitted to heroin use and a needle was found at the scene. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Pilgrim Station up and running after lengthy shutdown

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is once again running at full capacity following a 12-day shutdown. According to a statement released by the company, Pilgrim Station was shut down due to trouble with a feedwater regulating valve that provides water to the reactor for steam generation. (more…) Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Pilgrim almost back online after eight days

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station was slowly powering up Tuesday and reached 9 percent of its full capacity when yet another mechanical malfunction forced operators to shut the reactor back down, marking the eighth day the plant has been offline. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Pilgrim opponents petition to require plant upgrades

Eight safe energy groups, including Beyond Nuclear and Pilgrim Watch, are requesting that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission force Entergy Corp. to comply with a regulation that mandates Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station to have reliable hardened containment vents. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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Too much water shuts down Pilgrim Station

Trouble with a regulating valve led to a shutdown of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, Tuesday morning. The valve controls the amount of water controls the amount of water let into the reactor. That water is then turned into steam, which generates the turbine, according to NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Single-car crash sends Plymouth man to hospital

A 22-year-old Plymouth man was airlifted from Forges Field to a Boston hospital following a single car accident in South Plymouth, Sunday night. According to Captain John Rogers, the man hit a telephone pole on Jordan Road at around 8:30 p.m. There were no other passengers in the car, he said. The victim is listed in stable condition, he added. (more…) Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Judge mulls evidence in Pilgrim spent-fuel case

Whether they succeed or fail, the residents who filed suit against Entergy Corp. and Plymouth officials over the permit for a large radioactive waste storage facility at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station have at least had their say, according to their attorney. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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Plymouth police log for August 31, 2016

2:14 a.m. Aggravated assault on Avenue B
7:15 a.m. Recovered hypodermic needle on Ship Pond Road
7:53 a.m. Recovered hypodermic needle on State Road
10:20 a.m. Larceny on Sacrifice Rock Road
Compressor reportedly stolen from construction site. 12:48 p.m. Suspicious activity on Long Pond Road
2:54 p.m. Harrasment on Boatwright’s Loop
2:56 p.m. Motor vehicle accident on Long Pond Road
8:37 p.m. Drug overdose on State Road

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Loud exhaust leads to pot bust in Forges Field

A overly loud exhaust lead to the arrest of two men on charges of marijuana dealing, Saturday evening. According to Lieutenant Dana Flynn, Joshua Hoyt, 19 of of Stoddard Street and Daniel Daly, 19 of Carver, were leaving Forges Field when they were stopped by an officer entering the sports complex. The officer allegedly, Flynn said, found a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. He also allegedly found a grinder, scale, bottles of vodka and rum, and about 12 ounces of marijuana on the  floor of the car, according to Flynn. The pair allegedly also had $2,200 in cash on them. Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Pilgrim shutting down for valve repair

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, already one step from being forced by federal regulators to close down based on poor performance, is now trying to figure out the cause of a malfunctioning valve designed to prevent radioactivity from leaking into the environment during a nuclear accident. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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High water temperature briefly lowers power at Pilgrim Station

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station reduced power briefly Monday afternoon due to a problem with its salt water service system, according to a notice from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The salt water system provides cooling water to areas such as the reactor and turbine, according to the notice. Plant operators popwered down to 65 percent, according to a statement from plant spokesman Patrick O’Brien when the water temperature was above 75 degrees. After an hour, the temperature fell and operations resumed. Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: New panel to keep tabs on Pilgrim shutdown

House and Senate negotiators approved a state energy bill late Sunday that establishes a panel comprising state energy experts, legislators, local officials and area citizens who will offer input on the decommissioning of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, which is scheduled to shut down in June 2019. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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