Pilgrim’s latest emergency Nor’easter SCRAM

See these NRC reports (both released shortly before before the Juno storm SCRAM):
‘Degraded cornerstones’ – Jan. 26, 2015
Integrated Inspection and Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) Reports – Dec. 31, 2014

Bill Maurer’s Analysis of the January 27, 2015 Scram At PNPS

The Jan. 27th Nor’easter nicknamed “Juno” presented Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station (PNPS) in Plymouth, MA with conditions it could not cope with and continue operations. That’s not NEWS. PNPS similarly failed in the blizzard conditions of the February, 2013 Nor’easter. A repeat performance failure was anticipated and a precautionary shutdown was called for by several local groups and many members of the public.

Historically Pilgrim has experienced unplanned automatic shutdowns (SCRAM) due to a Loss of Offsite Power (LOOP) a total of 19 times since beginning to operate, the most common LOOP events occurring during extreme winter conditions:

● 5 times due to Blizzards, Ice, Snow
● 4 times due to High Winds, Salt Build up
● 4 times due to Lightning Strikes
● 2 times due to Storms
● 2 times due to Power Supply Transfers
● 1 time due to a Forest Fire
● 1 time due to a Solar Storm

It’s alarming that Entergy (PNPS owner and operator) chose to put profit over public safety in the face of a predictable forced shutdown during this Nor’easter ignoring predictions of extreme winter conditions of historical proportions: “crippling snowfall” from one to three feet, “life- threatening blizzard conditions” and hurricane force winds. To no one’s surprise there was a LOOP and SCRAM resulting in the following reports and benign characterizations on January 27th:

● Entergy’s Senior Communications Specialist, Lauren Burm reported “All safety systems worked as designed and plant conditions are currently stable. There’s was never any threat to the safety of plant workers or the public.”
● The state’s Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Matt Beaton reported “There is no public safety hazard at this time,”
In reality Pilgrim experienced anything but the cookbook SCRAM portrayed above. Multiple critical safety systems and equipment malfunctioned or failed….

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