- Federal agency reprimands Pilgrim nuclear plant owner for May shutdown
The Pilgrim nuclear power plant will be required to face another Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspection now that the agency has finished its evaluation of the plant’s accidental shutdown in May.
The commission on Monday issued a white inspection finding – that is, a finding of low to moderate safety significance – for the Plymouth power plant. The label is a rare reprimand for a nuclear plant: Neil Sheehan, a spokesman for the agency, said eight white findings have been issued against nuclear reactors in the past year, as well as two more-stringent evaluations.
Plant owner Entergy Corp. determined that operator error caused the unplanned automatic shutdown, known as a scram, on May 10. The reactor was being returned into service after a refueling and maintenance outage, and was generating 4 percent of its capacity at the time
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