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BOSTON GLOBE: Plymouth nuclear plant remains closed after last week’s storm

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station remained shut down Tuesday after power lines that connect the plant to the region’s electric grid failed during last week’s winter storm. Officials at Entergy Corp., a Louisiana-based company that owns the 46-year-old nuclear plant, declined to say when Pilgrim would resume producing power. Read more at the Boston Globe. Continue Reading →

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CapeCod.com: Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station Experiences Unplanned Shutdown During Storm

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission reports the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station had an unplanned manual shutdown Monday afternoon. One of the two lines that provide power to the Plymouth facility became unavailable, leading operators to shut down the reactor. Read more at CapeCod.com. Continue Reading →

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BOSTON GLOBE: GE faces lawsuit over role in Fukushima nuclear disaster

A group of Japanese businesses and doctors sued General Electric Co. in Boston federal court on Friday, claiming the industrial giant was reckless and negligent in its design of the reactors and related systems at the core of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. The reactor used at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is the same model, the GE Mark 1, has those used at Fukushima. Read more at the Boston Globe. Continue Reading →

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Nuclear storage casks vulnerable to flooding, Pilgrim Station critics argue

Most of the spent fuel at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is stored in a pool of water inside the reactor building. Over the past few years, Entergy has started moving that fuel into dry storage at another location on their property and they say they want to move all of it out of the spent fuel pool and into dry casks once the plant shuts down for good at the end of June 2019. However, critics of the plant are concerned that even outside the pool, the spent fuel may still get wet. (more…) Continue Reading →

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THE PATRIOT LEDGER: Feds want answers from Pilgrim nuclear plant

Potential problems connected to the radioactive spent-fuel pool at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station are once again the focus of federal regulators, who are questioning how the condition of two of the panels, installed to prevent nuclear fission from occurring, can be accurately tracked. Read more at the Patriot Ledger. Continue Reading →

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WICKED LOCAL: $25 million a year decommissioning fee proposed for Pilgrim nuclear plant

Without sufficient funds for safely decommissioning the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, the state could be left holding the proverbial (glowing) bag once the plant ceases operations, environmental activists warned lawmakers Monday, asking them to impose a $25 million annual fee on the station if it misses deadlines. Read more at Wicked Local. Continue Reading →

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Buildings at Pilgrim Station lose power during storm

Power was lost to support buildings at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station as a result of the high winds that came through Plymouth yesterday. According to a report filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, power generation was not affected. However, the Emergency Data Response System was lost. The report stated that alternate systems were available. Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: State senator seeks ‘more teeth’ for nuclear panel

The senator for the Cape & Islands District is looking to increase resources, in the form of new perspectives and much-needed cash, for a state-appointed committee charged with offering advice on the decommissioning of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Pilgrim failed to identify 23 assets open to cyberattack

Operators failed to identify and document 23 “critical digital assets” that perform functions related to safety systems and emergency preparedness at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, despite being told about the shortcoming by federal inspectors in 2015. Read more at Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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Vermont official urges nuclear decommissioning panel to ask questions, even if they’re not answered

Last week, Kate O’Connor, chairman of the citizen’s advisory panel created when the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant was shut down gave Massachusetts’s own Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel a preview of what to expect in the next few years as Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station prepares to shut down forever. Vermont’s NDCAP was created in 2014, shortly before Vermont Yankee was shut down in December of that year, O’Connor said. In contrast, the Massachusetts NDCAP held its first meeting in May, over two years before Pilgrim Station is scheduled to close. (more…) Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Pilgrim addresses deteriorating protective panels

Operators of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station have used geometry to ensure a fire and radioactive release won’t occur in the plant’s spent fuel pool, despite ongoing deterioration of hundreds of neutron-absorbing panels needed to prevent a nuclear reaction. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Twp cybersecurity violations found at Pilgrim

Federal regulators found two violations related to cybersecurity at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station during an inspection last month. And although details are scarce, in both instances staff performance at the plant, which is owned and operated by Entergy Corp., again fell short. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Pilgrim quarterly review finds 5 violations

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station’s performance in the second quarter of this year showed no improvement from previous quarters, based on five violations found by federal regulators that were connected to the staff’s failure to follow procedure and to keep parts in good working order. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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Environmentalists want voices heard on Pilgrim Station land

When it comes to the 1,500 acres of land that surrounds Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, local environmentalists want to be heard. The Coalition to Preserve Natural Plymouth recently came before the Manomet Village Steering Committee to talk about their ambitions for the land. Cheryl Heller expressed the group’s concerns over the plan to run a hydroelectric cable onto the land and connect it to a substation on the property. Emera Inc., the company bidding for the power contract, already has an agreement to lease 52 acres of land from Entergy for the project. (more…) Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Pilgrim owner avoids citation for violation

The owners of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station have argued their way out of an initial finding that the plant should be cited by federal regulators with a more serious violation for a leaky valve on a gearbox that put one of two emergency generators out of service in September. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Pilgrim workers ‘deliberately’ violated security procedures

Two workers at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth were caught cheating their way into the secure plant grounds, but federal officials have determined they were simply cutting corners rather than planning mayhem. After a yearlong look at a March 2016 incident at the plant, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Office of Investigations concluded that workers were doing what is known as “tailgating.”

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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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WICKED LOCAL: Nuclear decommissioning panel members call meeting on their own

Two weeks ago the first meeting of the state’s Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel ended on a sour note when a motion to set the date for the next meeting – and create an agenda – was ignored by the commission’s acting chairman, Department of Public Utilities Secretary Angela O’Connor, who after an otherwise open and frank discussion by panel members and the audience abruptly adjourned the meeting. Read more at Wicked Local. Continue Reading →

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Panel learns about the decommissioning options at Pilgrim Station

Despite some rancor between its members, the Nuclear Decommissioning CItizens Advisory Panel did learn something about how the shutdown of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station might proceed. “The first step is to  have a plan,” Pilgrim’s Government Affairs Manager, Joe Lynch, told the panel. To that end, he said, a team will be formed at the plant to oversee decommissioning while the remainder of the staff will remain focused on operating it. The decommissioning team will be lead by John Ohrenberger, who is also one of Entergy’s representatives on the panel. (more…) Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Safety a concern as Pilgrim panel holds first meeting

A 21-member panel established to provide citizen input into the complicated process of decommissioning Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station will meet for the first time Wednesday night. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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Pilgrim Station finishes final refueling

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station was reconnected to the grid early Monday morning following what is expected to be its final refueling before the plant closes in 2019. The power plant had been out of service since since April 9, according to a statement from spokesman Patrick O’Brien.  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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Pilgrim Station begins final refueling

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station powered down on Sunday in anticipation of its final refueling. According to a statement from Pilgrim spokesman Patrick O’Brien, 800 temporary workers have been assigned to assist in the process. The statement declined to state when PNPS will return to service. (more…) Continue Reading →

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