Pilgrim Nuclear at a Turning Point

Built in 1972 on the shores of Cape Cod Bay, Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station has been the subject of controversy and concern for decades. Now it’s scheduled to close in the next few months. This is our 3-part report on the plant as it heads towards permanent shutdown in mid-2019. 

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Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is nearly 50 years old. It’s moving toward a permanent shutdown in four months, but there are still concerns about safety. When a nuclear power plant closes, it leaves radioactive waste, and a lot of unanswered questions.

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The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth is one of the worst performing power plants in the country, and it’s scheduled to shut down permanently in June.  Pilgrim has been supplying the region with power since 1989. While the plant’s closure is good news to many residents who have concerns about safety at the plant, decommissioning and what happens to the spent fuel presents another host of potential safety concerns. On The Point, we discuss the Pilgrim Nuclear power plant; past, present and future.

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When Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station closes in May of this year, it will mark a turning point for the town of Plymouth, for nuclear power in the region, and for one woman, who’s been working to shut down Pilgrim for three decades.

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Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth is one of the worst performing power plants in the country, and it’s scheduled to shut down permanently in four months. Built in the 1970s, it's been continuously supplying the region with power since 1989, but for security reasons, only a few people besides employees have been inside.