Entergy powers down Mass. nuclear plant because of feedwater heater crack

Entergy ran the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Mass., at 21% power recently after finding a crack in the plant's feedwater heater. Entergy spokeswoman Lauren Burm said the problem did not pose a safety risk to the public. The feedwater heater is "a secondary plant component designed for thermal efficiency," she added. The crack has since been repaired. "Our two resident inspectors assigned to Pilgrim kept close tabs on the work and the subsequent power ascension," said Neil Sheehan, a spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

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