Plymouth: Pilgrim Plant shut down due to pump problem

The reactor at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant was shut down this morning.

Around 7:50 a.m., plant operators took action after two of the three main feedwater pumps tripped, shutting them down. The plant’s feedwater pumps send water into the reactor vessel, which converts the water to steam and then is piped to the turbine to generate electricity.

Initial troubleshooting showed ho problem with the cooling water flow, but instead, a problem with the electrical power for the system that monitors the flow.

According to the NRC, the plant is in a safe condition and that operators have taken appropriate actions in response to the problem.

Resident NRC inspectors are on site monitoring the situation.

About David Skill

Dave Skill’s radio career began in the fall of 1964 when he arrived on the campus of Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA. Dave barely got his bags unpacked when he paid a visit to WCHC, the campus radio station. And, before he knew it, he was spending so much time as a disc jockey and news writer/reporter, it seemed like he was majoring in “radio” and minoring in academics at “The Cross”. As you might imagine, his grades reflected it! During his junior and senior years, he also worked weekends in news and as a disc jockey at WNEB, the CBS radio affiliate in Worcester at the time.