NRC Eyes MA Nuke after Shutdown

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 @ 01:09 PM gHale

Unplanned shutdowns are the scourge of the industry. Lost uptime means lost revenues. However, when you throw a nuclear plant into the mix, regulators start to get involved. That is exactly what happened at the Pilgrim nuclear plant.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued a critical report following the unplanned shutdown of the Plymouth, MA, nuclear plant in May.

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The NRC in a report criticized Pilgrim’s owners for inadequate training and enforcement of its standards following the automatic shutdown, which occurred as the reactor was returning to service after a refueling and maintenance outage. Human error was the cause of the shutdown.

Although there was no danger to the public, the incident was serious enough for the NRC to send an inspection team to the Plymouth plant, which is a rare occurrence.

The NRC said the incident will bring increased scrutiny to Pilgrim.

Plant owner Entergy Corp. said it is reviewing the report and added it has evaluated procedures and retrained staff.

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