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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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Coverage of Pilgrim’s Winter Storm Shutdown

Coverage of Pilgrim’s Winter Storm Shutdown

Pilgrim shut down automatically at 4:05am Tuesday, January 27, 2015 after two transmission lines failed during Blizzard Juno around high tide – furthering concerns that the nuclear plant is seriously unprepared to weather the storm.

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Group Letter to the NRC Regarding Pilgrim’s Juno Shutdown

Group Letter to the NRC Regarding Pilgrim’s Juno Shutdown

Dear NRC Commissioners:

The blizzard “Juno” hit the East Coast and Plymouth, Massachusetts on Monday, January 26, 2015 and increased in intensity until is finally wound down on Wednesday, January 28th. This storm underlined many of the risks and problems associated with Entergy’s Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station (Pilgrim). Pilgrim was forced to shut down on January 27th due to the loss of offsite power and according to the PRELIMINARY NOTIFICATION OF EVENT OR UNUSUAL OCCURRENCE (PNO-I-15-001), this scram with complications also included three additional failures:

  • The High Pressure Coolant Injection System had to be secured due to failure of the gland seal motor.
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