Immediate shutdown only solution to safety shortcomings, activists say.
by Christine Legere, Cape Cod Times
PLYMOUTH — As a federal team begins the first round of special inspections at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station this week to see whether a long list of shortcomings is being addressed by operators, area watchdogs expressed little faith in the process, saying the only solution to the aging plant’s woes is to immediately and permanently shut it down.
The weeklong inspection, begun Monday, is the first of three Pilgrim must undergo this year, a result of its downgrade last fall to one of the three worst-performing reactors in the country. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the performance drop was the result of the company’s failure to adequately address problems that have caused several reactor shutdowns.
The aim of this initial inspection round is “to determine if continued operation is acceptable and whether additional regulatory actions are required to arrest declining performance,” according to a commission blog posted Monday…