NRC finds plant safe; renewal preserves 650 jobs

Plymouth, Mass., May 25, 2012 – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has decided to renew the operating license for Entergy's Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Mass. The approval means the NRC has concluded there is no safety or environmental issue that precludes renewal of the plant's license to operate for an additional 20 years.

Entergy Nuclear filed Pilgrim's license renewal application on Jan. 25, 2006, making this the longest license review on record. The plant's original 40-year license was scheduled to expire on June 8, 2012. Pilgrim's renewed license enables the plant to operate until 2032.

The 688-MW plant generates enough electricity to meet nearly 10 percent of the electrical demand in Massachusetts.

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