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