Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station shut down due to valve leaks

By The Associated Press

Officials at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth say the plant remained shut down Sunday, three days after leaks were found in several steam valves.

 

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Officials at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth say the plant remained shut down Sunday, three days after leaks were found in several steam valves.

The plant was shut down Thursday as a precaution after the leaks were found during scheduled testing.

In a statement Sunday, Entergy Corp. spokesman Patrick O'Brien said there was no impact on the safety of the public or plant staff.

A spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission told The Boston Globe that in the event of a severe accident, the plant's main steam isolation valves would close and prevent radioactivity from getting out into the environment.

It was unclear when the power station would reopen.

The aging plant is scheduled to be closed in 2019.

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