Leaking Valves Shut Down MA Nuke

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 @ 01:12 PM gHale

The beleaguered Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, MA, remains shut down after operators discovered leaks Thursday in three steam valves that prevent radioactivity from reaching the environment, plant officials said.

The plant shut down Thursday as a precaution after workers discovered the leaks during scheduled testing, said Entergy spokesman Patrick O’Brien.

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“There was and is no impact to the safety of the public or plant staff,” O’Brien said.

On Thursday, plant operators found three of eight main steam isolation valves were leaking and repaired two of them but were unsuccessful with the third, said Neil Sheehan, a spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

The Pilgrim facility underwent a federal inspection that started late last month.

The NRC conducted a three-week review of the facility’s physical state and staff performance, an intensive evaluation brought on by a downgrade to Pilgrim’s safety rating last year.

NRC dispatched a team of 20 people to the troubled plant as they want to ensure the plant can produce power safely before its scheduled closure in 2019.

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