Wednesday, October 24, 2012
A contract with 62 workers at Pilgrim Nuclear plant expires at midnight tonight. Entergy officials say negotiations are ongoing.
Entergy's contract with 62 tech workers at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant expires at midnight tonight (Wednesday) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is ensuring that the plant is prepared in case of a strike or lockout. "Because of the possibility of a walkout or lockout, we have completed our review of the company’s strike contingency plans and found them to be acceptable," NRC Public Affairs Officer Neil Sheehan said in an email today. "We have also developed our own contingency plan, which details how we would respond to a strike affecting the site. Enhanced oversight is always an element of our contingency plans." Entergy and UWUA Local 369 are in negotiations, according to company spokesman Carol Wightman. The union held a strike …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
A Marshfield man and a New York woman face trespassing charges after allegedly passing the guard post at the power plant without stopping.
Two people were arrested for trespassing at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station Saturday, claiming they were filming different parts of town for a documentary, according to The Manomet Current. Emergency Management Director Aaron Wallace told the Nuclear Matters Committee that the pair had been filming in different parts of town for a documentary. However, according to Capt. John Rogers, when the two came to Pilgrim, they drove past the guard post without stopping, but were detained in the employee parking lot. Lyle Thomas, 50, of 6 Castle Green Apt. 5, Marshfield, and Christine Hochhauser, 50, of 194 Wheatley Road, Glen Head, NY, were arrested on charges of trespassing at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station Saturday. While the two are not “part of …
Friday, March 16, 2012
Representatives from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be in Plymouth to discuss Pilgrim Nuclear Station's performance over the past year.
The NRC may not be attending the upcoming forum on the "Freeze Plymouth" referendum, but the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be sending representatives to Plymouth in two weeks. The NRC will meet with the public to discuss its assessment of safety performance at Pilgrim in the past year from 5 to 6:30 p.m., March 29 at Town Hall. The NRC will respond to questions on specific performance issues at the plant and our role in ensuring safe plant operations. Over the past year, Pilgrim has been shutdown three times due to safety issues. In May, the plant went through an emergency shutdown during a start-up procedure. That violation was graded as being of "low to moderate significance" by the NRC, but federal nuclear regulators placed the …
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Plymouth resident Wedge Bramhall urges the NRC and Entergy officials to attend an upcoming forum on Pilgrim nuclear plant, and the nonbinding referendum opposing the plant's relicensing.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The Pilgrim Nuclear Station hidden from most peoples view has been operating for nearly 40 years. Every ounce of high level nuclear waste that has been produced by this plant still sits in Pilgrims spent fuel pool. This plant now holds well over 1,200 tons of high level waste. The waste is stored in what most industry experts say is the most vulnerable spent fuel pool in the business. The pool is well over three times denser than originally designed back in the sixties. About six years ago Entergy began a process to relicense the plant for an additional 20 years beyond its designed life. So not only do we have a tired old poorly designed plant we now have a high level nuclear waste dump attached to it. The elected officials that we look to…
Monday, March 12, 2012
On the anniversary of the earthquake that devastated northern Japan, including Plymouth's sister city Shichigahama, monks arrived in Plymouth on a walk across New England to raise support against the relicenseing of nuclear plants, including Pilgrim.
Monks from Japan met with parishioners at Plymouth First Parish Church Sunday, the anniversary of the earthquake that devestated northern Japan, including Plymouth's sister city, Shichigahama. The monks have walked from Seabrook to Plymouth and will continue on to Vermont Yankee for a rally March 21, according to Patch reader Janet Alfieri. "They feel that if the people can unite to stop the relicensing of the New England nuclear plants it will give others the hope and strength to take action," she said. Friday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission upheld a decision rejecting the post-Fukushima contention raised by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and Pilgrim Watch. Pilgrim Watch still has three contentions on appeal with the NRC…
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board has denied a motion from Pilgrim Watch requesting new analysis in light of the Japanese nuclear accident that occurred last March.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The three-judge Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) panel handling the Pilgrim nuclear power plant license renewal proceeding has denied a motion from the Pilgrim Watch organizing seeking the submittal of a late-filed post-Fukushima contention. The contention, filed Nov. 18. 2011, requests a new Severe Accident Mitigation Analysis (SAMA) for the Pilgrim plant (as part of a review of its license renewal application) in light of the Fukushima accident last March. In a 46-page statement, the ASLB denied the motion because it "fails to meet the criteria for late-filed, or non-timely, contentions in such proceedings, as well as the admissibility criteria." The ASLB has denied several of Pilgrim Watch's contentions since the re-licensing …
Monday, December 12, 2011
Attorney General Martha Coakley is asking federal regulators to look at the Fukushima disaster before granting an extended license to the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.
The state's attorney general is urging federal regulators to consider the Fukushima nuclear disaster when they review the relicensing request from Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. On Friday, Martha Coakley's office sent an appeal to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, according to a report in the Boston Globe. She asked regulators to look more closely at the fallout in Japan following an earthquake and tsunami near the Fukushima Daiichi reactors, which are similar in design to the Pilgrim plant. After the Fukushima disaster, Coakley's office asked the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (which operates under the Nuclear Regulatory Commission) to postpone a relicensing approval until it could look at new data from Japan. Coakley said problems …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has rejected several petitions to suspend reviews of U.S. nuclear power generators until the agency had completed its reviews of possible implications for U.S. reactors after the Fukushima nuclear emergency in March.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has rejected petitions by state Attorney General Martha Coakley, Pilgrim Watch and other groups to stop NRC decisions and proceedings until the agency had completed its reviews of possible implications for U.S. reactors, including a petition to suspend the Pilgrim nuclear power plant's license renewal review. Pilgrim Watch, a nuclear power watchdog group led by Duxbury's Mary Lampbert, has submitted several petitions to the NRC since Pilgrim owner Entergy began the relicensing process more than three years ago. Most of those petitions have been rejected. Read the NRC's full decision below.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Another watercraft entered the exclusion zone around Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant, Friday afternoon. According to Capt. John Rogers, a father and son from Norfolk were spotted entering into the prohibited area on a personal watercraft by a Plymouth police