PLYMOUTH — Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, which weathered four-plus decades of nor’easters, protests and lawsuits, in the end could not withstand energy market forces and the costs of operating an aging plant.
The state’s only nuclear plant, which provided about 17 percent of the electrical power to Massachusetts, will shut down permanently Friday.
Entergy Corp., the plant’s owner-operator, announced plans to shutter the 680 MW reactor in October 2015, one month after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission categorized it as one of the worst-run plants in the country.
The plant climbed back into Category 1 — requiring the least federal oversight — in March after undergoing thousands of hours of inspections and addressing hundreds of items on a checklist of violations.
But it still limped to the finish line, never returning to full power after shutting down May 17 because of problems with a pump that delivers water to the cooling system — the latest in a long series of manual shutdowns in the last five years. (read more)
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