NRC says increased oversight will continue at Entergy Pilgrim plant

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued a report on findings from a December review of safety concerns at the Entergy (NYSE:ETR) Pilgrim nuclear plant in Massachusetts.

As a result, NRC has concluded that Pilgrim should remain under increased regulatory scrutiny for the time being.

The inspection was performed because Pilgrim experienced four scrams or shutdowns in 2013. Entergy Nuclear Operations performed four root cause evaluations for the individual scram events.

Additionally, Entergy performed a root cause evaluation to assess the commonalities between the four scram events and a common cause analysis to assess if any safety culture aspects caused or significantly contributed to the events.

“Overall, the NRC has determined that your actions have not provided the assurance level to fully meet all of the inspection objectives and have correspondingly determined that Pilgrim will remain in the Degraded Cornerstone of the Action Matrix by the assignment of two parallel White PI inspection findings,” NRC said in the report.

The NRC keeps tabs on how many unplanned scrams that nuclear plants experience per 7,000 hours of operation. The white findings represent low-to-moderate safety significance, NRC said.

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