Plymouth: Additional NRC oversight expected at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant

Additional oversight by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is expected now that Entergy, the owner of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant, has submitted a Licensee Event Report – or L-E-R – for the unplanned shutdown of the plant that occurred on October 14, 2013. The forced outage was caused by the loss of off-site power to the plant.

The L-E-R describes what the company’s evaluation found, as well as corrective actions it has implemented to prevent a recurrence of the shutdown. These actions include revisions to procedures and controls to prevent the simultaneous loss of both major off-site power lines to the plant.

A spokesman for the NRC says Pilgrim’s Performance Indicator for Unplanned Shutdowns per 7,000 Hours is expected to change from “Green” to “White”.

According to the NRC, a “green” coding indicates performance within an expected performance level in which related objectives are met; “white” indicates that related objectives are still being met, with a minimal reduction in safety margin.

More serious color codes include “yellow” indicating that related objectives are being met but with a moderate reduction in safety margin; and “red” indicates a significant reduction in safety margin in the area measured by that performance indicator.

 

 

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.