Pilgrim Remains Powered Down After Leak Discovered

COURTESY PILGRIM NUCLEAR POWER STATION

PLYMOUTH – The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station remains shut down after a leak was discovered in the main steam line late last week.

The reactor was powered down Thursday and staff discovered the small leak during routine testing. Officials say there is no danger to the public.

It’s not yet known when the plant will return to normal operations.

Pilgrim is under increased federal oversight after a series of safety violations and unplanned shutdowns. Inspectors wrapped up the first two weeks of a review of the station earlier this month and will return to the station in January to wrap up a federally-mandated inspection of Pilgrim.

An internal Nuclear Regulatory Commission e-mail 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.

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