Bad timing: Pigrim out of service again for steam leak
(Cape Cod Online) PLYMOUTH – The timing of the latest shutdown of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station was somewhat ironic. Representatives from Entergy Corp., Pilgrim’s owner-operator, were offering a scheduled presentation to officials and residents at Plymouth Town Hall on Tuesday night, touting the nuclear plant’s safety features and outlining post-Fukushima federal requirements for future improvement.
Meanwhile, just a few miles down the road, Pilgrim operators were struggling to fix yet another of the many mechanical malfunctions that have plagued the power plant during the last several months. This time, the problem involved a leak in a valve that provides steam to the main turbine. Ultimately, the nuclear reactor had to be shut down early Wednesday morning.
Pilgrim already leads the nation’s fleet of 100 reactors for its number of shutdowns in the last year, according to data from the Union of Concerned Scientists.Keep reading (Cape Cod Online)