Pilgrim is a reliable station still going strong after many years.
Lol @ reliable. Pilgrim has been on the NRC's worst-ten shit list for a few years now.
The same day the storm hit, the NRC sent Pilgrim a letter.
Overall, the NRC has determined that your act ions have not provided the assurance level to fully meet all of the inspection objectives and have correspondingly determined that Pilgrim will remain in the Degraded Cornerstone of the Action Matrix by the assignment of two parallel White PI inspection findings. [Green, White, Yellow, Red, in increasing order of severity] [...] . Additionally, for one of the
root cause evaluations, inspectors determined that Entergy failed to investigate a deficient condition in accordance with corrective action program (CAP) requirements to ensure they fully understood all of the causes of one of the [four unplanned] scram events [that happened in 2013].
Reliable != multiple unplanned SCRAMs per year.
Anyways, on January 27, while the reactor was SCRAMing, these three things happened:
The High Pressure Coolant Injection System had to be secured due to failure of the gland seal motor.
The station diesel air compressor failed to start.
One of the four safety relief valves could not be operated manually from the control room.
Those safety relief valves are the ones that get used to vent pressure after the coolant injection system fails.
Pilgrim has problems. On top of all those problems, locals are spitting mad because the disaster plans fail to include scenarios like "giant blizzard shuts down all the roads and nobody can evacuate."