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Plymouth Nuclear Plant's Safety Rating Downgraded After Shutdowns, Valve Problems10:42
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The Pilgrim Station nuclear power plant in Plymouth, Mass. opened in 1972.  (Robert E. Klein/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
The Pilgrim Station nuclear power plant in Plymouth, Mass. opened in 1972. (Robert E. Klein/AP)

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is under scrutiny after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced it was downgrading the station's safety rating. It now sits in the next-to-lowest performance category.

The move comes after unplanned shutdowns and problems with the plant's safety relief valves. This makes the 43-year old Pilgrim plant one of three nuclear power reactors in the country that are ranked in the second-lowest category.

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WBUR: Baker Urges Plymouth Nuclear Plant Owners To Correct Safety Problems

  • "The governor's letter comes after federal inspectors announced they would be increasing oversight of the plant."

The Boston Globe: Pilgrim Nuclear Plant Safety Rating Downgraded

  • "Pilgrim will now be subject to more stringent oversight by regulators, who will conduct an inspection to determine what problems — equipment failures, procedural trouble, or human error — led to the shutdowns in 2013 and 2015."
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