Coakley Asks NRC To Delay Relicensing Of Pilgrim

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to delay a decision on relicensing for the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth pending a review of safety at the facility.

Coakley say the Pilgrim plant has a similar design to the plant in Japan that was damaged in March by an earthquake and tsunami.

In its petition, the attorney general’s office notes that the NRC task force that was created to look at the lessons of the Japan plant is reviewing issues relevant to the relicensing of Pilgrim, including technical issues related to spent fuel pools.

Coakley says she has consistently raised serious concerns about the storage of spent fuel at Pilgrim, which is owned by Entergy Corp.

An Entergy spokeswoman says Pilgrim has met all NRC requirements for relicensing.

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