MA Nuke Shuts Down Again

Thursday, September 8, 2016 @ 03:09 PM gHale


Plymouth, MA-based Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station shut down for the second time in three weeks following a mechanical issue at the plant.

The facility experienced an “unplanned shutdown” around 8:35 a.m. Tuesday after water levels unexpectedly spiked in the reactor pressure vessel, said a spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

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Water pumps into the reactor vessel so it can end up boiled and converted into steam to generate electricity.

Officials with Entergy Corp., the company that owns and operates Pilgrim, said the safety of the public and the plant’s employees was never at risk during the incident.

Operations at the facility stopped for four days in mid-August for repairs following the failure of a main steam isolation valve.

The 44-year-old plant is on schedule to close in May 2019.