It’s been two weeks since an electrical malfunction caused the shutdown of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power plant’s reactor, and the the plant is still not at full power.
Representatives from Entergy, which owns and operates the plant, initially called the delayed return to full power, standard procedure.
On August 22, a breaker tripped, causing the three feed-water pumps to shut down.
However, federal nuclear energy officials confirmed this past week that a failed motor in one of the three pumps that supply water to the reactor was the problem, keeping the plant from operating at peak levels.
Pilgrim was offline from August 23rd to the 25th, then powered up over the next three days to 20 percent. By August 29, power reached 74 percent and is now at about 76 percent.