Basic Facts:

  • Location: Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • Owner / Operator: Entergy Nuclear Generation Co.
  • Construction Cost: $600M (2018$)
  • Plant Output: 680 MW
  • Property Size: 1,600 acres
  • Employees: 600
  • Status: Shut Down Scheduled for 2019
  • Current DTF Balance: $1.0B (2018$)
  • DTF Balance Prior to Decommissioning: $640M (2018$)
  • Decommissioning Cost Estimate: $640M (2018$)
  • Spent Nuclear Fuel on Site: 600 metric tons
Pilgrim Photo

Background

The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is a 680MW boiling water reactor that first came online in 1972 after four years of construction. In 2012, the plant received a renewal of its operating license extending the licensed life of the plant to 2032. In 2015, and citing economic considerations, plant owners announced their intent to permanently close Pilgrim in 2019.

Decommissioning

In August of 2018, Entergy announced plans to sell the subsidiary that owns Pilgrim, after its shutdown and reactor defueling, to a Holtec International subsidiary for decommissioning. Regulatory approvals of this sale, and a timeline for decommissioning, are pending. The state’s Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens’ Advisory Panel (NDCAP) advises the Governor and educates citizens on activities related to the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station shut down.

Socioeconomics

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station plant is located within Plymouth County, Massachusetts. As of 2016:

  • Population: 500,000
  • Per Capita Annual Income: $64,000
  • Unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted): 3.9%

The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station pays $9.8M in state and local taxes annually, accounting for approximately 10% of the Town of Plymouth’s total tax revenue. Pilgrim’s annual payroll is approximately $77M including benefits.

Contact Information

Economic Development Administration Representative:

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Unless specific costing information has been provided, decommissioning costs were derived from 2017 Decommissioning Funding Status Report.
Information herein obtained from public sources. Corrections are welcome and may be directed to [email protected].

Additional Information

Holtec Expects to Make Huge Profit off Pilgrim Plant

May 19, 2022

Holtec Expects to Make Huge Profit off Pilgrim Plant – The Provincetown IndependentPLYMOUTH – When Holtec International took ownership of the shuttered Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in 2019, it came with a decommissioning trust fund with more than $1 billion in it. The money, paid by the utility’s customers over the 28 years the plant […]

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Sen. Markey’s congressional hearing on nuclear decommissioning in Plymouth gets commitment

May 8, 2022

Sen. Markey’s congressional hearing on nuclear decommissioning in Plymouth gets commitment PLYMOUTH – State and federal elected officials don’t want to see a million gallons of water from the shuttered Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth “dumped,” as they call it, into Cape Cod Bay. The same can be said about rule changes proposed by […]

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EXPLAINER: What to do with closed nuke plant’s wastewater?

April 11, 2022

EXPLAINER: What to do with closed nuke plant’s wastewater? One million gallons of radioactive water is inside a former nuclear power plant along Cape Cod Bay and it has got to go. But where, is the vexing question, and will the state intervene as the company dismantling the plant decides?

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Decommissioning Panel Weighs Options for Pilgrim Waste Storage

September 28, 2021

Decommissioning Panel Weighs Options for Pilgrim Waste Storage PLYMOUTH – During a recent meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel, Plymouth/Barnstable State Senator Susan Moran highlighted the need for federal guidance in the decommissioning of nuclear power plants like the ongoing efforts at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.

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Pilgrim’s Progress: The Pace Of Decommissioning Plymouth’s Nuclear Plant Picks Up

September 17, 2021

Pilgrim’s Progress: The Pace Of Decommissioning Plymouth’s Nuclear Plant Picks Up Just before Thanksgiving, the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth is expected to reach a historic milestone. All the radioactive fuel that generated electricity – and controversy – for nearly halfa century will finally be removed from the reactor building. It will be stored […]

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Plymouth gets $3.8 federal grant to fix Manomet water pipes

June 14, 2021

Plymouth gets $3.8 federal grant to fix Manomet water pipes PLYMOUTH – What was going to be $5.1 million will now only cost $1.3 million. A $3.8 million federal grant will enable the town to make much-needed improvements to the Manomet Pressure Zone for considerably less expense than originally projected. Funding from the Economic Development […]

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U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $3.8 Million to Support Job Growth and Economic Diversification Efforts in Plymouth

June 1, 2021

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $3.8 Million to Support Job Growth and Economic Diversification Efforts in Plymouth WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $3.8 million grant to the town of Plymouth, Massachusetts, to make water infrastructure improvements needed to attract new […]

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December 4, 2020

Much work remains as Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station moves toward decommissioning PLYMOUTH – At first glance, not much has changed at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station since it shut down for a final time a year and a half ago. The big reactor building still looms large over the site, which includes dozens of smaller structures. […]

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Agreement reached on decommissioning of Pilgrim nuclear site

June 18, 2020

Agreement reached on decommissioning of Pilgrim nuclear site PLYMOUTH – A settlement on the decommissioning of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station has been reached.

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Summary of Local In-Depth New Coverage re: Pilgrim

March 1, 2020

Award Submission: Pilgrim Nuclear Shuts Down, Leaving Radioactive Waste and Unanswered Questions Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth Massachusetts was one of the worst-performing plants in the country before it shut down in May of 2019. The plant was cited numerous times in the years leading up to the shutdown, prompting WCAI to increase its […]

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