Pilgrim’s Contribution to Global Warming

Pilgrim heats nearly half a billion gallons of Cape Cod Bay by 32 degrees each day it operates.

Pilgrim heats nearly half a billion gallons of Cape Cod Bay by 32 degrees each day it operates.

  • Two-thirds of the energy generated from splitting atoms in Plymouth, Massachusetts simply heats Cape Cod Bay (and the planet).
  • The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station discharges enough thermal energy into Cape Cod Bay to heat 437,800 homes – 4 times the number of resident households on the Cape and Islands.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allows Entergy to use a ‘once-through’ cooling system which dates back to the 60’s – when open burning at landfills was acceptable practice. The simple technology of closed-loop cooling – the preferred best practice for decades – is 20 years overdue at Pilgrim.

See the calculations supporting the above facts.
See other posts on Pilgrim’s thermal pollution.

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