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High tritium level seen at Pilgrim

High tritium level seen at Pilgrim

PLYMOUTH — Concentrations of a radioactive isotope called tritium found in late December during groundwater monitoring at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station were the highest detected since testing began at the plant in 2007. Tritium — a byproduct of the nuclear fission process — was found at 69,000 picocuries per liter in a sample taken from a well adjacent to a catch basin that collects and releases waste from the reactor into Cape Cod Bay.Keep reading (Cape Cod Times)

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NRC to host Pilgrim webinar on December 12

NRC to host Pilgrim webinar on December 12

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will hold a Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant webinar on Thursday, December 12 at 3 p.m. The webinar will offer information about dry cask storage and how it is regulated, according to an NRC release.

The webinar has been planned in response to questions posed by residents of Plymouth and beyond about the onsite storage of spent nuclear fuel, according to Bill Dean, Administrator of the NRC Region I Office.…

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Bad timing: Pigrim out of service again for steam leak

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.…

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NRC chairman says Pilgrim’s performance ‘needs improvement’

NRC chairman says Pilgrim’s performance ‘needs improvement’

PLYMOUTH — Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Dr. Allison Macfarlane insisted that neither the recently announced layoffs at Pilgrim Station nor the drop in its performance rating – and not even the debate over dry cask storage – had anything to do with her visit to Plymouth. But you have to admire her timing.…

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NRC boss: Pilgrim headed for trouble

NRC boss: Pilgrim headed for trouble

PLYMOUTH — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s top official toured the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station on Friday and later told reporters the 41-year-old plant, plagued by mechanical problems, is headed for trouble with federal regulators unless it improves its performance.

When asked whether the NRC would ever close Pilgrim, Allison Macfarlane said the agency has the authority to shutter any plant for as long as it takes for the operation to turn around and run safely.…

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