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PRESS RELEASE — For Immediate Release
January 28, 2016

CONTACTS: Bill Maurer*,; Brian Boyle,

Analysis Shows Entergy Safety Record Bottom of the Barrel

In response to a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) memo that was accidentally emailed to the public in early December, a Pilgrim Nuclear Safety Performance Analysis was recently published by two Cape Cod engineers. The analysis looks at not only Pilgrim’s safety performance, but also at Entergy’s – Pilgrim’s owner and operator.

The analysis compares Pilgrim and Entergy’s safety performance record to the rest of the industry and presents alarming conclusions, and affirms what was in the NRC’s December memo. Some of the conclusions are:

  • Entergy has the worst safety performance record of all owner/operators in the U.S. (only 60% of Entergy's reactors operate at the highest level of safety performance compared to 91% of the industry’s reactors).
  • Entergy is the only company in the U.S. with reactors in Column 4 (3 out of 10 of Entergy’s reactors), the lowest level of safety performance and one-step away from mandatory shutdown.
  • Pilgrim’s decline began after being relicensed in 2012 and has become increasingly severe over time.

According to one of the authors, Brian Boyle, “Pilgrim is a 44-year-old reactor dangerously showing the signs of age; one step away from an NRC closure order due to recurrent safety violations.”

This new analysis comes just before the NRC’s public hearing on January 31, which NRC arranged in response to a request by Governor Baker, Attorney General Healey, Senate President Stan Rosenberg, and a long list of state and federal legislators. The hearing was requested by officials after the leaked internal memo, followed by additional valve leaks and a related shutdown that occurred at the plant in December. The analysis was sent by email earlier this week to Governor Baker, Attorney General Healey, and state and federal lawmakers representing Massachusetts.

“What kind of formula could the NRC present on January 31st that will hold any credibility in terms of improving Pilgrim's safety, when the agency’s efforts have consistently failed over the past several years,” said Bill Maurer, co-author of the analysis. “Pilgrim’s increasing problems confirm that long-practiced behaviors don't change easily or quickly,” he went on to say. “Allowing Pilgrim to continue operations is a reckless gamble with public safety.”

To read the full Pilgrim Nuclear Safety Performance Analysis, see:

For more information about the Jan. 31st NRC hearing, see:

*Bill Maurer was the recipient of Cape Cod Bay Watch’s (CCBW) Life Preserver Award in 2016, and is a fellow partner in the Pilgrim Coalition. CCBW is not an author of the analysis but is distributing this release on behalf of our allies named above.

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