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Pilgrim Shuts Down During Blizzard

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station experienced an automatic shutdown at 9:18 p.m. due to a loss of off-site power.

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station experienced an automatic shutdown at 9:18 p.m. due to a loss of off-site power, WBZ Channel 4 is reporting. We'll have more on the shutdown.

Prior to the storm, local environmental groups asked the NRC to require the plant to shut down, according to Plymouth Daily News.

Karen Vale of Cape Cod Bay Watch and Pine DuBois of the Jones River Landing Association say that Local groups have asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to order Entergy Corporation, Pilgrim's operator, to take the reactor offline during the storm to prevent an unacceptable risk to the public and the environment. This storm differs from Hurricane Sandy because it is hitting Plymouth during high tide, not low tide, and will be accompanied by heavy snow and ice.

According to WBZ's Twitter feed, @cbsboston, the plant declared an Unusual Event, the lowest of the four levels of emergency classification at about 10 p.m., and the NRC is monitoring the reactor cooldown and efforts to restore off-site power.

 

WBZ Boston News ‏@cbsboston

NRC: The Pilgrim nuclear power plant experienced an automatic shutdown at 9:18 p.m. due to a loss of off-site power. - @PeterWBZ


47m WBZ Boston News ‏@cbsboston

NRC: The plant subsequently declared an Unusual Event -- the lowest of four levels of emergency classification -- at about 10... - @PeterWBZ


47m WBZ Boston News ‏@cbsboston
NRC: We will be monitoring the cooldown of the reactor and efforts to restore off-site power. - @PeterWBZ

Theodore Bosen February 11, 2013 at 02:08 PM
Steve R: It is that "holier than thou" attitude that is the problem that creates Fukushimas. I can assure you that many of us have been studying this plant and its design longer than you have been in the navy nuclear program. That branch of the service has actually yielded the strongest critics of plants like Pilgrim. You, however, have not even bothered to read the local news in the last two years if you think there is no tritium in these mark-i's as it has been monitored and reported by the licensee at both Pilgrim and Yankee. Come back after you do some homework and maybe we can have an informed discussion! Theodore Bosen
joe legion February 11, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Fukushima accident happened because the emergency diesel generators were submerged by the 40 foot tsunami plain and simple.
Steve R. February 11, 2013 at 10:43 PM
Theodore, I have looked at the reports and the bottom line is that if there were a leak you would have much higher readings than just above background. So, where do you get your info about the navy nuclear propulsion program having the biggest critics of Pilgrim? The same people that supervise navy plants supervise civilian plants too. They all work for the NRC/ DOE. Additionally, you can't always believe what you read in the media or online. People have a tendecy to spin reports if they don't agree with nuclear power. Whether you like it or not, if the plant was unsafe, it would be shut down immediately. I just know about nuclear power and have worked with it... Can you say the same??
Steve R. February 11, 2013 at 10:46 PM
I agree Joe! That is what actually happened. My Naval Reactor buddies were actually there at the site. Hard to over come a natural disaster unless you are God!
power2thepeople February 11, 2013 at 11:30 PM
amen steve R. ... joe legion you are the smartest guy alive lol I want to be just like you some day lol

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