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Pilgrim Station back online after storm shutdown

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station reconnected to the grid on Sunday after it had been taken off-line, Thursday in advance of the winter storm, according to a statement from plant spokesman Patrick O’Brien. Prior to going offline the station had been operating at 30 percent power to repair a small leak in a condenser tube and preemptively plug additional tubes to prevent future leaks, he noted.  The plant took advantage of the shutdown to complete additional preventative maintenance that cannot be down when the unit is operating at full-power, O’Brien added.  Continue Reading →

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Pilgrim closes down for storm

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station shut down this morning due to the impending snow storm, according to a statement from the company. Pilgrim has been operating at 30 percent power since Monday night when a small seawater leak was identified in one condenser tube and subsequently repaired, the statement noted. Pilgrim staff are currently plugging additional tubes to prevent the problem from happening in the future, the statement added. That work will continue while the plant is offline. (more…) Continue Reading →

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WICKED LOCAL: Pilgrim at reduced power for third day as crews fix seawater leak

The Pilgrim nuclear power plant remained at reduced power early this morning as crews continued work on seawater leak in the plant’s condenser. Operators at the 680-megawatt plant initially reduced power to about 50 percent Monday after the seawater leak was discovered. The plant remained at 30 percent as of early this morning, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Read more at Wicked Local. Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Possible sale could speed Pilgrim decommissioning plan

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station may be sold to a company whose sole focus is the efficient decommissioning of nuclear power plants. That could mean the difference between the old retired reactor and accompanying buildings sitting abandoned on a contaminated site for another 60 years – the likely scenario under its current owner Entergy Corp. – or the property being cleaned up and ready for reuse about a dozen years after the plant closes. Pilgrim is expected to permanently shut down in June 2019. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. 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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WICKED LOCAL: NRC declines invitation to come to Plymouth and explain the ‘inadvertent’ release of Pilgrim Station memo

They got their apology, but the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) declined the selectmen’s invitation to come to Tuesday night’s meeting and explain both the miscue that resulted in an internal document being released to the public and the suggestion – inferred from that document – that Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station was not being operated in a safe manner. Read more at Wicked Local. Continue Reading →

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Pilgrim Station eyed as site for hydroelectric power cable

A Canadian energy company is looking to build a 900 megawatt power cable from New Brunswick, Canada, to Massachusetts. The cable could potentially terminate at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. The 370-mile cable would start at Saint John, New Brunswick, making it one of the longest underwater power cables in the world, according to Robin McAdam of Emera, the company proposing to build the cable. (more…) Continue Reading →

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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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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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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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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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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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WICKED LOCAL: Fire chief said Entergy failed to notify of hydrogen release and filed false report

There’s not telling someone what’s going on when you’re supposed to, and then there’s claiming you did something when you didn’t. This week, Fire Chief Ed Bradley said Entergy Corp., which owns and operates the Pilgrim Station Nuclear Power Plant, not only didn’t notify the Fire Department of a hydrogen release at the plant as it is required to do, but the company filed a false report on the matter. Read more at Wicked Local. Continue Reading →

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