MA Nuke’s Valve Fixed, Back Online

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 @ 12:12 PM gHale

The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station went back online one week after the plant shut down because of a problem with a main steam valve.

Plymouth, MA-based Pilgrim reconnected to the grid December 23, said Entergy Spokesperson Patrick O’Brien.

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Operators discovered a leak in the valve during an inspection and shut down the reactor to fix the problem. Plant officials said there was never any risk to public safety.

The repair marked the latest equipment issue at the aging plant.

Pilgrim is under increased scrutiny by federal inspectors after a series of safety violations and unplanned shutdowns. It is one of the three worst performing plants in the nation, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

An internal NRC email made public earlier this month detailed concerns about the plant’s safety culture, with the lead inspector saying staff seemed “overwhelmed” by running the plant.

NRC inspectors will return to the station in January for the final week of a three-week, federally-mandated review of the station.

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