NRC: Two Low Safety Significance Findings at Pilgrim



PLYMOUTH – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has announced two new safety findings as part of their ongoing inspections of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.

Federal officials say the issues were “green” findings, meaning they were of very low safety significance. The station has placed the problems in their corrective action program, and the NRC says it will treat the findings as non-cited violations as a result.

Both issues were related to the piping supports for the Salt Service Water system, which pumps water from the bay to cool plant systems.

NRC officials say some of the piping supports showed signs of corrosion and that some portions of the system supports differed from what the drawings show them to be.

The plant is under increased federal scrutiny as a result of multiple unplanned shutdowns and sub-standard safety reports and faces additional inspections and oversight from federal officials.

Pilgrim is currently one of the three worst performing plants when it comes to federal safety standards in the country.

Last week, inspectors with the NRC last week found safety gear designed to activate in the event of an accident had been in place over a decade longer than it should have been. The electrical relays responsible for shutting safety valves in the structure that houses the reactor had been in place for 22 years. The equipment is supposed to be replaced once every 10 years.

Pilgrim is set to close in 2019. Company officials say it is no longer financially viable.

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