NRC Issues White Finding for Plymouth Power Plant

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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.

The agency didn’t fine Entergy, but Sheehan said Entergy will still face a financial penalty because it will have to pay all the costs related to the inspection work.

Mary Lampert, founder of the Pilgrim Watch citizens group, said she was glad to see the agency take the May 10 incident seriously. “Fortunately the reactor was smarter than the people,” Lampert said. “But that might not always be the case.”

Source: Patriot Ledger

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