Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station

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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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Town Meeting roundup: Water mains for Taylor Avenue, $1 million for nuclear stabilization fund

New water mains for White Horse Beach approved
Town Meeting voted to spend $2 million to install a new water main for Taylor Avenue. Work, Finance Committee Chairman John Moody said, would begin before the summer in order to get the work done before the reconstruction of the road begins. That should start in the fall, Moody said. (more…) Continue Reading →

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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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WICKED LOCAL: Pilgrim Station decommissioning panel has four Plymouth members

“Who you gonna call” when the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station closes down? Where are you going to take your worries to, when Entergy is no longer making electricity out of their Rocky Hill Road address? The usual suspects will still be around – Entergy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Board of Selectmen – but there will also be a new and potentially important state committee: the 16-member Massachusetts Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel. Read more at Wicked Local. Continue Reading →

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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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