Entergy, owner of the Pilgrim nuclear station in Plymouth, has been ordered by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to install a new safety improvement for extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy.
← The photo above from White Horse Beach near Pilgrim shows storm conditions on Jan. 3, 2014
This project is supposed to act as a back up cooling water system to avoid a nuclear meltdown and catastrophic spent fuel pool fire in case Pilgrim loses electricity in an extreme natural event such as Superstorm Sandy. Entergy’s proposed system requires workers to stand on the beach with a fire hose, portable pump, and truck to pump water from the Bay. The system does not make sense and there are better alternatives. Entergy’s Chapter 91 Application was filed in May 2014.
Entergy’s project doesn’t pass the straight face test, is being done on the cheap, and won’t keep us safe.
The MassDEP hearing notice is here. In order to get the Chapter 91 license, Entergy has to show that it serves a “proper public purpose.” Entergy’s project does not qualify for a license.
Photos below courtesy of Christine Bostek, White Horse Beach, Plymouth MA showing storm damage along Taylor Ave. and Bert’s Restaurant about a mile from Pilgrim. Storm conditions like these or worse are when Entergy plans to deploy this inadequate safety fix. Wind was clocked at 93 m.p.h. on Feb. 9, 2013 at White Horse Beach. Will Entergy workers standing on the beach with a firehose pumping water prevent a meltdown in these conditions?
Other links and resources:
Nov. 11, 2011 Press Release from Pilgrim Coalition
Read comments submitted in July 2014 about this project HERE.
Watch video of the hearing on Nov. 18th HERE.
Pilgrim Watch Questions/Comments to NRC regarding Pilgrim FLEX plan and lessons learned from Winter Storm Juno (Jan 27-28, 2015)