Pilgrim Starting Maintenance Program

Monday, April 4, 2016 @ 05:04 PM gHale

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, MA, was operating at half power as crews worked to complete a “regularly scheduled maintenance.”

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said the plant, which is slated to close permanently by 2019, was operating at 47 percent Wednesday.

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Patrick O’Brien, a spokesman for plant operator Entergy Corp., confirmed the power reduced down for scheduled work at the plant.

O’Brien said he could not say when the plant would return to full power, citing federal regulations.

Pilgrim has been facing a series of issues, the most recent being a former security officer admitted to skipping his hourly fire watches and then falsifying records to make it appear as if they been completed.

In a letter to Entergy, the NRC said its investigators found the security officer skipped more than 200 fire watches from 2012 to 2014.

An NRC spokesman said Entergy could end up assessed a civil fine of up to $140,000 per day per violation, but at this point a civil penalty will likely not end up assessed.

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