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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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    Summary of Pilgrim SCRAMS 2003-2015

    Summary of Pilgrim SCRAMS 2003-2015

    The following is a work in progress; summary includes all SCRAM events between 2003-2015, and an incomplete list of non-SCRAM events from 2013-present. See also, this list of Pilgrim Events 1965-2013, compiled by Dave Lochbaum, Union of Concerned Scientists.

    More Event Notification Reports can be found on the NRC website:

    Today’s Event Reports    RSS    Archived Event Reports (1999-2015)

    2015:
  • August 22: SCRAM (Automatic) – REACTOR SCRAM DUE TO A SINGLE MSIV CLOSURE; “On Saturday, August 22, 2015, at 1628 [EDT], with the reactor at 100% core thermal power (CTP) the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station (PNPS) experienced an automatic reactor scram signal due to the rapid closure of one main steam isolation valve (MSIV).
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    Pilgrim powering down for planned repairs

    Pilgrim powering down for planned repairs

    PLYMOUTH – Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station officials are powering down the reactor to do some repairs, a spokesman for the plant announced tonight.

    “After careful consideration we made the conservative decision to take Pilgrim off-line to perform necessary maintenance to address low-level equipment needs that could potentially challenge reliability for the remainder of the operating cycle,” spokeswoman Joyce McMahon said in an email.…

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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 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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