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Canadian company says Manomet is choice for power line landing site

Emera, a Canadian company looking to build a 900 megawatt power cable from New Brunswick, Canada, to Massachusetts told the Board of Selectmen that Plymouth is their choice for a landing spot. The company had also considered Lynn, but Plymouth’s receptiveness to hosting the cable gave it the edge, Robin McAdam of Emera said at Tuesday night’s meeting. He was there to give the board an update on the project. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Sparks fly at first meeting of Pilgrim Station decommissioning panel

The first meeting of the advisory panel charged  with advising the Governor and the Legislature on the decommissioning of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station started snippy and ended sloppily. With 19 members appointed by a variety of state and local officials, there was certain to be some disagreement as the panel met Wednesday night at Plymouth South High School and it quickly showed during questioning of a presentation by Joe Lynch, Pilgrim’s manager of government affairs, on how the plant’s shutdown might proceed. (more…) 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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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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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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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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Pilgrim Station union signs new contract

Technical workers at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station  have reached agreement on a new contract with Entergy, according to a press release. The five-year agreement ensures that the workers will continue to operate Pilgrim Nuclear during this period. Louisiana-based Entergy, which owns Pilgrim Nuclear Station will shutter the facility on May 31, 2019. The new contract, which impacts about 85 Pilgrim employees, contains a variety of wage, benefit, retention and severance provisions for workers. (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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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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Entergy avoids fine in falsified fire report case at Pilgrim Station

Entergy won’t be fined following the discovery that a former employee falsified fire watch records at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. Pilgrim Station Vice President John Dent, Jr was informed of the decision in a letter from Nuclear Regulatory Commission Acting Regional Administrator David Lew on Tuesday. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Finances, not safety, key factor in decision to close Pilgrim Station

It was largely an unfavorable economic climate and not a recent downgrade to its safety status that led to Entergy’s decision to shut down Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, according to Entergy President Bill Mohl. “This is an extremely difficult day for us,” said Mohl. He called the decision to close “not what we hoped for.”

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Pilgrim Station set to close by 2019

Entergy Corporation it will close its Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth no later than June 1, 2019, because of poor market conditions, reduced revenues and increased operational costs, according to a press release issued by the company. The company notified the independent system operator of the electric grid, the ISO New England Inc. that as of that date, Pilgrim would not participate as a capacity resource in the market. The exact timing of the shutdown depends on several factors, including further discussion with ISO-NE, and will be decided in the first half of 2016. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Governor Baker expresses concern, gives warning, to Entergy over Pilgrim Station’s operation

In a letter sent to Entergy Site Vice President John Dent, Governor Charlie Baker expressed his concern over the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s recent downgrade of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station’s safety status. In the letter, Baker asked the NRC to take “swift action if it finds additional violations.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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NRC finds fault with Pilgrim Station’s winter storm shut down

The extra inspections that Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station has been subjected to may not be ending any time soon. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission  has come out with its findings following the plant’s emergency shutdown during the January 27, 2015 blizzard. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Trouble with trespassers vex Pilgrim Station

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant

Staff at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is trying to figure out why there’s been a recent upswing in the number of trespassers. including three arrests so far this month. Pilgrim Operations Manager David Noyes told the Nuclear Matters Committee various factors were being considered, including whether signage at the plant needed to be improved or whether some of the alleged trespassers just aren’t familiar with the area. (more…) Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD ONLINE: NRC “following up” on malfunction at Pilgrim

An electronic indicator that would help regulate the flow of coolant into the Pilgrim nuclear reactor during a severe accident was found to be on the fritz during testing Tuesday, a situation that had operators scrambling to fix the problem. Plant watchdogs responded by citing it as evidence of run-down systems at an aging plant. (more…) Continue Reading →

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NRC has questions about Pilgrim Station’s financial status

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission wants some answers from Entergy, the owner of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, about the plant’s financial status. The agency is acting in response to a petition from Pilgrim Watch, along with other New England-based environmental watchdog groups. They filed a petition in early 2013 questioning whether the company had the financial means to continue safely operating Pilgrim Station. The groups also asked the NRC to suspend operations at the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station and the Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Zoning board begins hearing Pilgrim Station permit appeal

Maybe the best thing would be to build a time machine and travel back to 1967 when the original permit to build Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station was built and ask for a do-over. Instead, The Zoning Board of Appeals will wait until July 10 resume hearing the appeal of Entergy’s permit to build a dry cask storage facility at the power plant. After over two hours of presentations by lawyers for both sides, board members were left with two distinct views of how it should interpret the intentions of their predecessors, who has the authority to decide what can be built at Pilgrim Station and what are the real intentions of the people who brought the appeal. Take a look at this chart to understand each side’s position. All information taken from testimony at the Zoning Board of Appeals meeting of July 12. Continue Reading →

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Pilgrim Station back online

 Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station returned to service at 4:24 a.m., Thursday, according to a statement from plant spokesman Carol Wightman. Pilgrim had been off-line since April 14 when it began the planned outage. Entergy Nuclear Site Vice President John Dent attributed the successful outage to the long-term planning and execution of outage tasks with a keen focus on safety along with the knowledge, skills and craftsmanship of all the outage workers, according to Wightman. The work during the outage involved refueling the reactor, main turbine generator maintenance and overhaul, replacing the turbine auxiliary lube oil pump motor, transformer and valve work and other maintenance activities, tests and inspections of plant equipment that run throughout the operating cycle and cannot be done while the plant is at full power. The refueling had its share of troubles. Continue Reading →

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Federal report calls for review of nuclear emergency plans

If you live within the 10-mile evacuation zone around Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, you probably know what you’re supposed to do in case of an emergency, but that’s not the case for those who live outside that area. That could lead to problems in case an evacuation is ordered. At least that’s what the General Accounting Office thinks. After the explosions at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan after the earthquake there, The GAO was asked by four United Senators to review emergency preparedness for commercial nuclear power plants here. two New England Senators, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, were among those asking for the review. Continue Reading →

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Duck hunters ruffle some feathers at Pilgrim Station

A pair of duck hunters caused a security scare at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station Saturday morning. According to Capt. John Rogers, security at the plant were alerted by the sound of gun shots and notified the authorities. The pair were out on the water, but never entered the exclusion zone. Nonetheless, the harbormaster escorted them to Plymouth Harbor where their credentials were checked out. They were then sent on their way. Continue Reading →

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Pilgrim Station gets postponment of preparedness drill

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has granted Entergy’s request to delay a safety exercise at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station until March 2013. According to a document filed by the NRC, the exercise, which took place on November 7, was supposed to include federal, state and local officials. However,they were focused on dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and didn’t take part in the drill. Both the federal and state emergency management agencies agreed to the delay. Delaying the exercise, which should have been completed by the end of this year, will not make any changes to how it’s conducted, according to the NRC. Continue Reading →

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Ventilation system shut down at Pilgrim

The emergency ventilation system at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station’s Technical Support Center (TSC)/Operations Support Center was declared non-functional Monday afternoon after a fan failed to start, according to a press release from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Other ventilation systems in the support centers continued to work. According to the NRC, they expect to have the system working by Wednesday evening. Continue Reading →

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CURRENT QUESTION: No planes over Pilgrim?

Other than advising pilots to keep clear, there are no restrictions on flying over Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, a situation which concerns some people. Read more here. What do you think, are flights over Pilgrim OK?  

Last week’s poll

Other answers were Cape Cod Avenue and Bartlett Road Continue Reading →

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