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CAPE COD TIMES: Decommissioning discussion goes off track

A conference call set up to hear Entergy Corp.’s timetables for decommissioning the Pilgrim, Vermont Yankee, Palisades and Indian Point nuclear power plants rapidly swerved from its planned agenda Tuesday, as watchdogs from the four host regions, allowed to listen in on the discussion, peppered federal regulators and Entergy representatives with a long list of questions they had not come prepared to answer. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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CapeCod.com: Pilgrim Hit With Two More Violations in First-Quarter Report

Just days after two high pressure safety valves failed a required test at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, the plant has been hit with two more violations by federal regulators. Read more at CapeCod.com. Continue Reading →

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Pilgrim Station is still lowest-rated, but passes NRC inspection

As expected, Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station passed the inspection. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission released its final report of an inspection stemming from the power plant’s worst in the nation safety rating and while the plant remains in that category, “Pilgrim’s programs and processes support nuclear safety,” according to a statement released by NRC Spokesman Neil Sheehan. 

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WICKED LOCAL: NRC gives Entergy green light to continue, despite protests

Nuclear Regulatory Commission brass said Tuesday night during a public forum at Memorial Hall that Entergy’s failures aren’t serious enough to merit closing the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station down. Pilgrim will remain in Column 4, one step away from shut down. Read more at Wicked Local. 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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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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CAPE COD TODAY: Elected officials call for public meeting on Pilgrim Nuke safety

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Congressman William Keating (MA-09), Governor Charlie Baker, the entire Massachusetts Congressional delegation, and numerous Massachusetts state legislators are calling on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to immediately hold a public meeting to address concerns about the safety of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant. Read more at Cape Cod Today. Continue Reading →

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WICKED LOCAL: Local legislators frustrated by federal response on Pilgrim nuclear plant

Amid a week-long shutdown of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, legislators from Plymouth say their greatest frustration is not with the plant’s latest closure but in trying to get the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission to be more forthcoming about the aging nuclear plant and problems identified by their own inspectors.  Read more at Wicked Local. 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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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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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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CAPE COD TIMES: NRC cites Pilgrim for four violations

Less than two weeks from today, 20 inspectors from around the country will descend on Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station to conduct a sweeping inspection of all its systems.

If a quarterly report released Monday on recent performance is an indication, Entergy, Pilgrim’s owner-operator, may be in for a rough ride. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. 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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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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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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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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New NRC inspector assigned to Pilgrim Station

Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, have appointed  Brandon Pinson as a new resident inspector at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. Pinson joined the Region I office in July 2013. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He is a graduate of the NRC’s Nuclear Safety Professional Development Program and has completed a rigorous inspector qualification program. Most recently, he was a reactor engineer in the Region I Division of Reactor Projects. Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Pilgrim seeks more time for safety upgrade

The owner of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station has requested an extension to allow the plant to get around the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s post-Fukushima order that mandates reactors have reliable hardened containment vents. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Inspectors find more issues at Pilgrim

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is still struggling with the problem of not properly prioritizing or adequately following through with needed repairs on rundown parts. On Wednesday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued its report regarding a two-week inspection conducted at Pilgrim in mid-May. Read more at The Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: NRC: Pilgrim let safety gear lapse

Electrical relays at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, relied on to shut safety valves in the reactor building should an accident occur, had long exceeded their shelf life when checked by federal inspectors last week. Read more at The Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Pilgrim owner may delay cyber security plan

A June 30 deadline to enact a plan to protect systems at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station from a cyberattack has been extended by federal regulators for 18 months because Entergy Corp., the plant’s owner-operator, was not ready. Read more at Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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Pilgrim Station gets passing grade in latest inspection

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission found that Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is operating safely, for the most part. Federal regulators recently completed an inspection of the plant as part of its increased oversight due to the NRC’s decision in September to downgrade the plant’s  safety status to the NRC’s lowest ranking.  Pilgrim is now ranked at the bottom of the performance list among the nation’s commercial nuclear reactors. The latest inspection is the second of three the NRC has scheduled. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Federal regulators get an earful from the public over Pilgrim Station oversight

Every spring, officials from Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station sit down and hear their annual performance review from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in front of a largely hostile crowd prepared to criticize every aspect of the plant’s operation. This year was no different, with one exception. Much of the anger was aimed not at Pilgrim but at the NRC officials charged with overseeing the power plant. (more…) Continue Reading →

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