Pilgrim plant powered down on Saturday
PLYMOUTH — According to an event report filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission this morning, Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station was forced to power down Saturday (10/19) afternoon due to high reactor water level which shut down a main turbine.
“The cause of the increase in reactor water levels is currently under investigation,” the report said. The plant had been in start-up mode after a forced shutdown related to problems with NSTAR’s power lines, which deliver power both in and out of the plant.
Entergy officials wrote that this latest event has no impact on public health and safety. Since mid-August, the 41-year-old plant has been plagued by problems forcing shutdowns or lower than peak levels of output due to a number of mechanical glitches.