Environment

5 violations found in quarterly review of Pilgrim nuclear plant

PLYMOUTH — During April’s refueling at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, 10 contracted workers entered the main condenser of the reactor to deal with a faulty gasket without wearing the proper protective gear. The plant’s radiation technician said he believed the workers were simply measuring the gasket. But after measuring it, they proceeded to cut it out in order to replace it.…

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Pilgrim Chronology 1967-2015

This chronology attempts to capture the major milestones related to Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station beginning with the Town of Plymouth’s granting of a special permit to Boston Edison to construct a nuclear power facility in 1967, and ending with Entergy’s announcement on October 13, 2015 that Pilgrim will close no later than June 2019.…

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Federal Inspectors Investigate Plymouth Nuclear Power Plant Shutdown

Federal Inspectors Investigate Plymouth Nuclear Power Plant Shutdown

A special team of six federal inspectors is investigating the unplanned shutdown of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth. The reactor, which produces about 10 percent of the state’s electricity, lost power during last week’s blizzard and had to rely on generators to run the nuclear plant’s critical safety systems.…

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OPINION: Transfer to dry cask storage begins while concerns about unaddressed issues continue

OPINION: Transfer to dry cask storage begins while concerns about unaddressed issues continue

Last month, Entergy began transferring spent fuel from Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station’s overcrowded wet pool to dry cask storage.

Entergy needs to create space in its spent fuel pool so that spent fuel that is removed from the reactor in the future has a place to cool. Two of the three storage casks wereloaded in January, with each cask containing 68 assemblies; the third cask was loaded the first week of February.…

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