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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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Attorney General Healey calls for strict oversight of funds to clean up closed nuclear plants

Attorney General Maura Healey announced she has filed a brief with other New England states in support of Vermont’s call on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to ensure decommissioning funds meant to clean up radioactive waste at closed power plants are not used for other purposes. AG Healey was joined in filing the brief with the states of Connecticut and New Hampshire. (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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Feds require new safety upgrades for Pilgrim Station and similar reactors

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station will have to improve the containment vents for its reactor under new rules issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The federal agency is requiring nuclear power plants, like Pilgrim, with Mark 1 or Mark II boiling water reactors to modify the reactor vents to be able to withstand severe accidents, including ones that damage the reactor core, according to the order issued Thursday. (more…) 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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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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No (written) plans for dry storage at Pilgrim Station

During Monday night’s Nuclear Matters Committee meeting, attorney Margaret Sheehan requested the committee ask the Board of Selectmen for a copy of Entergy’s plans for moving spent fuel at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station into dry cask storage, as well as any plans filed with the Board of Zoning Appeals. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Safety system at Pilgrim Station briefly out of commission

Both of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station’s standby gas treatment systems went out of service yesterday, according to a notification issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. During an emergency, the systems are supposed to pump air from the secondary containment system to the environment to help limit the amount of radioactive material released. According to the NRC notification, PNPS’ “b” standy gas treatment system was shut down for testing, but plant staff then found the  “A” system was having electrical problems, rendering it inoperable. “The inoperability of both SBGT System Trains ‘A’ and ‘B’ could have prevented the fulfillment of the safety functions to ‘control the release of radioactive material’ and ‘mitigate the consequences of an accident,” the notification stated. The “A” treatment system was returned to service an hour later. Continue Reading →

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UPDATED: Hurricane Sandy puts nuclear power plants on alert

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is not included in a list of Northeastern facilities receiving “enhanced oversight” due to Hurricane Sandy. Power plants between Maryland and Connecticut are included on that list. “Nuclear plants are robust structures,” Pilgrim spokeswoman Carol Wightman told The Patriot Ledger. “They’re designed to withstand hurricanes and tornados.” That wasn’t satisfactory to members of  Cape Cod Bay Watch, which which posted this message on Twitter:

#Massachusetts in State of Emergency due to #hurricane #Sandy but #Pilgrim #nuclear reactor still running; #NRC ignores this #Fukushima twin

— Cape Cod Bay Watch (@CapeCodBayWatch) October 29, 2012
 
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a press release Monday morning outlining storm preparations for power plants in the path of the hurricane. According to the release, inspectors are on site at all plants that could be affected by the storm. Continue Reading →

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Lack of flight restrictions over nuclear power plant concerns committee (with video)

Paul Rifkin, a Cotuit resident and an opponent of the relicensing of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, recently took photographs of it from a helicopter. He told CapeNews.Net he was shocked that he recivred no warning, either from Pilgrim security or flight controllers, for his actions. He shouldn’t have been. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Yet another Pilgrim Watch challenge rejected

<p>Pilgrim Watch=E2=80=99s challenge to two orders issued by the <=
a class=3D”zem_slink” href=3D”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_Regulato=
ry_Commission” rel=3D”wikipedia” target=3D”_blank” title=3D”Nuclear Regulat=
ory Commission”>Nuclear Regulatory Commission</a> in the wake of t=
he <a class=3D”zem_slink” href=3D”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fukushima=
_Daiichi_nuclear_disaster” rel=3D”wikipedia” target=3D”_blank” title=3D”Fuk=
ushima Daiichi nuclear disaster”>Fukushima disaster</a> in Japan w=
ere rejected by an Atomic Safety Licensing Board on the grounds they went b=
eyond the scope of the licensing procedure for <a class=3D”zem_slink” hr=
ef=3D”http://www.entergy-nuclear.com/plant_information/pilgrim.aspx” rel=3D=
“homepage” target=3D”_blank” title=3D”Pilgrim Nuclear Generating Station”&g=
t;Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station</a>.</p>
<p>The <a href=3D”http://www.pilgrimwatch.org/” target=3D”_blank”&=
gt;Duxbury-based organization</a> argued the NRC=E2=80=99s response t=
o two of the issues raised by events in Japan were not adequate. In one cas=
e, it challenged a requirement that f <a class=3D”zem_slink” href=3D”htt=
p://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boiling_water_reactor” rel=3D”wikipedia” target=
=3D”_blank” title=3D”Boiling water reactor”>boiling water reactor (BWR)&=
lt;/a> facilities with Mark I and Mark II containments lIke &#0160;t=
hose at the Fukushima facility and Pilgrim Station =E2=80=9Ctake the necess=
ary actions to install reliable hardened venting systems.=E2=80=9D This, th=
e NRC believes would help cool the reactor in case of an accident. Pilgrim =
Watch contended the order was inadequate since it didn=E2=80=99t require th=
e installation of filters in the direct torus vent.</p>
<p dir=3D”ltr”>The NRC also issued an order that nuclear power plant =
owners have a means of remotely monitoring <a class=3D”zem_slink” href=
=3D”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spent_fuel_pool” rel=3D”wikipedia” target=
=3D”_blank” title=3D”Spent fuel pool”>spent fuel pools</a>. Pilgri=
m Watch argued the fuel pools should be redesigned &#0160;and spent fue=
l moved to <a class=3D”zem_slink” href=3D”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D=
ry_cask_storage” rel=3D”wikipedia” target=3D”_blank” title=3D”Dry cask stor=
age”>dry cask storage</a> after five years.</p>
<p dir=3D”ltr”>The NRC granted Energy a new license for operation Pil=
grim for another 20 years in May.</p>
<p><strong>Read the ASLB ruling</strong></p>
<p><strong> <span class=3D”asset asset-generic at-xid-6a014=
7e2e64b07970b017616525eb3970c”><a href=3D”http://manometcurrent.typep=
ad.com/files/07.10.12-deny-request-hearing.pdf”>Download 07.10.12 DENY R=
EQUEST HEARING</a></span><br /></strong></p>
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Lockout continues at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station

<p><a class=3D”asset-img-link” href=3D”http://manometcurrent.typep=
ad.com/.a/6a0147e2e64b07970b01761525d35b970c-pi” style=3D”display: inline;”=
><img alt=3D”IMG_2048″ class=3D”asset asset-image at-xid-6a0147e2e64=
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48″ /></a><br /><span style=3D”font-family: verdana, gene=
va; font-size: 8pt;”>Picketing union workers, and a giant inflatable rat=
, at the entrance to Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.</span></p>
<p>The second day of the lockout of union workers at Pilgrim Nuclear =
Station saw the main entrance road closed off, a picketer claiming he was h=
it by a car, and a barrage of press releases from local politicians.</p&=
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Federal hearing on Pilgrim takes place in Boston, June 7

<p dir=3D”ltr”>Opponents of the <a class=3D”zem_slink” href=3D”htt=
p://www.entergy-nuclear.com/plant_information/pilgrim.aspx” rel=3D”homepage=
” target=3D”_blank” title=3D”Pilgrim Nuclear Generating Station”>Pilgrim=
Nuclear Power Station</a> will have a chance to be heard next week i=
n Boston as an <a class=3D”zem_slink” href=3D”http://en.wikipedia.org/wi=
ki/Atomic_Safety_and_Licensing_Board” rel=3D”wikipedia” target=3D”_blank” t=
itle=3D”Atomic Safety and Licensing Board”>Atomic Safety and Licensing B=
oard</a> will be in Boston to hear oral arguments on a hearing reques=
t regarding two <a class=3D”zem_slink” href=3D”http://www.nrc.gov” rel=
=3D”homepage” target=3D”_blank” title=3D”Nuclear Regulatory Commission”>=
Nuclear Regulatory Commission</a>&#0160; orders.</p>
<p dir=3D”ltr”>The ASLB will meet Thursday, June 7 at 10 a.m. in Cour=
troom 1 at the John W. McCormack Post Office and Courthouse, 5 <a class=
=3D”zem_slink” href=3D”http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=3D42.35626,-71.055707=
&amp;spn=3D0.01,0.01&amp;q=3D42.35626,-71.055707 (Post%20Office%20S=
quare%2C%20Boston%2C%20Massachusetts)&amp;t=3Dh” rel=3D”geolocation” ta=
rget=3D”_blank” title=3D”Post Office Square, Boston, Massachusetts”>Post=
Office Square</a>. Last week, <a class=3D”zem_slink” href=3D”http=
://entergy.com” rel=3D”homepage” target=3D”_blank” title=3D”Entergy”>Ent=
ergy</a>, Pilgrim&#39;s owner won its six-year effort to win a 20=
-year extension on the plant&#39;s license.</p>
<p dir=3D”ltr”>The hearing is taking place because <a href=3D”http=
://www.pilgrimwatch.org/” target=3D”_blank”>Pilgrim Watch</a>&=
#0160;challenged two orders issued by the NRC in response to the disaster a=
t the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. Pilgrim Watch is arguing that=
the NRC directives regarding reliable hardened containment vents and spent=
fuel pool instrumentation are not adequate.</p>
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Pilgrim power plant opponents join labor fight

<p dir=3D”ltr”>A coalition of groups which has been fighting to shut =
down Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station has found a new weapon.</p>
<p dir=3D”ltr”>Pilgrim Watch, along with the Jones River Watershed As=
sociation, Freeze Pilgrim, and the Pilgrim Coalition have filed a petition =
asking the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to close the plant while the dispu=
te between power plant owner Entergy and the union representing most Pilgri=
m workers continues.</p>
<p dir=3D”ltr”>Members of UWUA Local 369 were not allowed into the fa=
cility Wednesday morning, in what the union says is a lockout, while a plan=
t spokesman said it was a paid day off.</p>
<p dir=3D”ltr”>=E2=80=9CPetitioners believe that &#0160;the lock-=
out, an actual strike, and Entergy=E2=80=99s unwillingness to</p>
<p>honor the requests of the workers &#0160;present an unacceptab=
le risk to the &#0160;public and &#0160;environment ,=E2=80=9D the =
groups claim. The petition argues that replacement workers cannot safely op=
erate the plant or be sufficiently trained. Pilgrim Station=E2=80=99s age, =
they argue, makes it a unique place to work. They also argue that changes p=
roposed to worker=E2=80=99s health care plan will have a =E2=80=9Csubstanti=
al negative effect on worker=E2=80=99s present and future morale.=E2=80=9D =
<br /> Pilgrim Watch and its allies also argue that supervisors who w=
ould take over operations at the plant are actually less experienced in ope=
rating it than the reactor operators they would replace. The petition claim=
s two of those supervisors don=E2=80=99t have active operator licenses.<=
/p>
<p>&#0160; &#0160; In related news, Freeze Pilgrim issued a s=
tatement urging support for the union, asking members to contact legislator=
s on their behalf.</p>
<p><strong>Read the petition to the NRC</strong></p&gt=
;
<p><strong> <span class=3D”asset asset-generic at-xid-6a014=
7e2e64b07970b016305997d0d970d”><a href=3D”http://manometcurrent.typep=
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Environmental groups make legal, political moves to slow down Pilgri=

<p dir=3D”ltr”>In one more move to slow what seems to be to oncoming =
locomotive that is the renewal of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station=E2=80=
=99s license, Pilgrim Watch and the Jones River Watershed Association have =
asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a hearing regarding the recomme=
ndation of NRC staff that the power plant be granted its license.</p>
<p dir=3D”ltr”>NRC Executive Director of Operations R.W. Borchardt as=
ked the commission to renew Pilgrim=E2=80=99s license,noting the power plan=
t passed NRC safety and environmental reviews. The two groups argue that su=
ch a move would ignore NRC rules and policies, &#0160;noting that there=
are still issues to be resolved.</p>
<p dir=3D”ltr”>In related news, a number of environmental groups have=
asked Gov. Deval Patrick to intervene in the relicensing process, Boston.c=
om <a href=3D”http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/20=
12/04/30/anti_nuke_groups_urge_mass_gov_to_stall_nrc/” target=3D”_blank”&gt=
;reports</a>.</p>
<p dir=3D”ltr”><strong>Previous story</strong></p>
<p><strong><a href=3D”http://www.manometcurrent.com/2012/04/=
pilgrim-station-on-verge-getting-its-new-license.html” target=3D”_blank”&gt=
;Pilgrim Station on verge of getting its new license?</a></strong&=
gt;</p>
<p><strong>Read Pilgrim Watch&#39;s latest filing</stron=
g></p>
<p><strong> <span class=3D”asset asset-generic at-xid-6a014=
7e2e64b07970b016304fcf19b970d”><a href=3D”http://manometcurrent.typep=
ad.com/files/pw-jrwa-oppose-staff-request-secy-12-0062-04-30-12-.pdf”>Do=
wnload PW JRWA OPPOSE STAFF REQUEST (SECY 12 0062) 04 30 12 </a></=
span><br /></strong></p>
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Environmental groups make legal, political moves to slow down Pilgrim relicensing

In one more move to slow what seems to be to oncoming locomotive that is the renewal of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station’s license, Pilgrim Watch and the Jones River Watershed Association have asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a hearing regarding the recommendation of NRC staff that the power plant be granted its license. NRC Executive Director of Operations R.W. Borchardt asked the commission to renew Pilgrim’s license,noting the power plant passed NRC safety and environmental reviews. The two groups argue that such a move would ignore NRC rules and policies,  noting that there are still issues to be resolved. In related news, a number of environmental groups have asked Gov. Deval Patrick to intervene in the relicensing process, Boston.com reports. Previous story
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Atomic showdown at Plymouth Town Hall, Thursday

<p>If you care, one or another, about the relicensing of the Pilgrm N=
uclear Power Station, Town Hall is the place to be Thursday night.</p&gt=
;
<p>At 7 p.m., the Board of Selectmen are holding a forum on a questio=
n calling for a halt to the relicensing process for Pilgrim until directive=
s made by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in response to the disaster at =
the Fukashima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan are implemented. The non-binding=
question will appear on the May 12 town election ballot.</p>

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Pilgrim gets report card from NRC

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant got its latest report card and, as far as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is concerned, it passed. According to the letter sent to Entergy, all inspections had a “very low safety significance.”  The plant will be receiving only standard inspections during the year. The NRC’s review of security at Pilgrim also found the power plant was operating in a satisfactory manner. These reports come shortly after the NRC reported that human error and inadequate training were to blame for an incident in May during which the nuclear power plant automatically shut down during a restart after it had been refueled.  
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Crowd has many questions for NRC officials at forum (updated with video)

They came from far and wide to express their worries about the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant.Representatives of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission held a public hearing Wednesday night at the Hilton Garden Inn to present their most recent safety report on Pilgrim and to discuss what they have learned from the crisis at the Fukishima power plant in Japan. (more…) Continue Reading →

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