Workers simulated the shutdown on Tuesday of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, just days before the plant will stop producing energy after 47 years of operation. On Friday, a team of workers will begin the process of reducing the plant’s power output from the current 40% of its capacity to zero. The final process will occur over about a five-hour period in a 1970s-era control room that contains hundreds of levers, gauges, lights and buttons. During the simulation, workers at the plant in historic Plymouth, Massachusetts, traded commands about which knobs to turn and buttons to press to safely shut down the reactor as alarms sounded and lights flashed. Shutting down the reactor is the first step in a years long process of decommissioning the plant- including removing spent fuel and cleaning up the site.
Daily Mail 28th May 2019 read more »