NRC to Increase Oversight of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant Based on New Inspection Finding
Nuclear Regulatory Commission has finalized an inspection finding of
low-to-moderate safety significance and an associated violation for the
Pilgrim nuclear power plant. The decision will result in increased NRC
oversight at the Plymouth, Mass., facility.
enforcement action will move the plant into the Repetitive Degraded
Cornerstone Column, or Column 4, of the NRC’s Action Matrix. The plant
transitioned into the Degraded Cornerstone Column, or Column 3, in late
2013 as a result of unplanned shutdowns and unplanned shutdowns with
complications that year. During an inspection in December 2014, the NRC
found that Entergy, the plant’s owner and operator, had not adequately
evaluated the causes of those shutdowns and that some corrective actions
had not been completed as intended or were closed out prematurely.