On Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, at about 4:30 pm Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station experienced yet another unplanned shutdown (also called a SCRAM) due to a valve problem. This latest event brings the total number of unplanned shutdowns to three so far this year. There were also two other shutdown/power down events this year.
- winter storm Juno (Jan 27th): unplanned shutdown
- winter storm Neptune (Feb 14th): planned shutdown
- loss of condenser vacuum (May 26th): unplanned shutdown
- incoming seawater too warm for operations (Aug 9th): Pilgrim forced to power down
- steam isolation valve problem (Aug 22nd): unplanned shutdown
The Union of Concerned Scientist recently released an issue brief that provides an overview of the August 22, 2015 shutdown at Pilgrim →
Here are also some media articles covering this latest shutdown.
- Boston Globe: Inquiry to Begin Over Pilgrim Nuclear Plant’s ‘Safe’ Shutdown
- WATD: Plymouth: Valve Problem Causes Pilgrim Nuclear Plant to Shut Down
- Cape Cod Times: Pilgrim Nuclear Plant Shuts Down After Valve Malfunction
- WickedLocal Plymouth: Pilgrim Scrams Again: Valve Problem Shuts Down Plymouth Nuclear Reactor