Due to variety of problems and unplanned shutdowns over the past few years, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced in early September that Entergy’s Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station’s performance rating is downgraded to a Category IV. This is only one step below mandatory shutdown by the federal government. Only one other nuclear facility has this poor of a performance rating – Arkansas Nuclear – and it is also owned by Entergy.

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On the heels of the NRC announcement, Entergy officials have announced that Pilgrim’s closure is on the table. If Entergy cannot afford the multi-million dollar safety improvements and other updates required by federal regulators, then the plant will go offline (either permanently or temporarily). The announcement could come before the end of the year.

Here are some recent articles about the announcement: