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Shutdowns prompt increased oversight at Plymouth nuke plant

Shutdowns prompt increased oversight at Plymouth nuke plant

PLYMOUTH – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be watching Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station’s performance more closely because of complications during unplanned shutdowns of the facility’s reactor over the past year.

The NRC on Monday released third quarter performance reports for the nation’s 100 nuclear power plants.

Pilgrim, which is owned by Entergy Nuclear and located in Plymouth, had two shutdowns with complications so far this year.…

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Pilgrim plant powered down on Saturday

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.…

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Pilgrim Station: Another scram

Pilgrim Station: Another scram

PLYMOUTH — Depending on your perspective, Monday’s shut down of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station was either another example of the plant’s “defense in depth” safety or additional evidence of its vulnerability.

The press release from Pilgrim arrived just after 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, Oct. 15, and referenced a successful scram (sudden shutdown) of the reactor at 9:21 p.m.…

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Pilgrim nuclear plant offline for 4th time this year

Pilgrim nuclear plant offline for 4th time this year

PLYMOUTH — A Monday night loss of outside power has forced the Pilgrim nuclear plant offline for the fourth time this year.

Carol Wightman, a spokeswoman for Pilgrim’s owner Entergy, said Tuesday morning that the plan automatically shut down at 9:21 p.m. Monday, when an NStar power line into the plant went out of service.…

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After weeklong shutdown, Pilgrim nuclear plant back online

After weeklong shutdown, Pilgrim nuclear plant back online

PLYMOUTH – Entergy began firing up Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station Sunday night, exactly a week after shutting the plant down for a steam leak associated with the water supply system to the reactor. Spokeswoman Carol Wightman wrote in an email that Entergy, the owner-operator of the Plymouth plant, “took advantage of the plant being offline to perform other maintenance that cannot be done while the plant is operating.”…

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