Arrests made outside Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station Sunday

From Patriot Ledger:
PLYMOUTH —
Eight anti-nuclear activists, who staged a protest outside the Pilgrim plant entrance. have been charged with trespassing.
Plymouth Police Capt. John Rogers said the eight were charged between 3:40 p.m. and shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday, all at the Power House Road plant gate off State Road (Route 3A).
All eight were Cape Cod residents and members of the Cape Downwinders group. All were released on their own recognizance.
Sunday’s arrests were the first outside the plant since March. Rogers said about 100 people were at the Sunday protest.
Carol Wightman, a spokeswoman for Pilgrim’s owner Entergy, said the company respects the rights of nuclear power opponents to peacefully protest, “but when they resort to trespassing, then it becomes a police matter.”
“Our focus is on safety at the plant and the safety of our employees and the public,” Wightman said.
The latest protest comes as the plant remains offline from a planned refueling and maintenance program. The plant schedules such shutdowns every two years.
The current shutdown began April 14. Wightman said Entergy won’t announce when the plant will resume power production.
Twelve hours after the protest, at 4:20 a.m. Monday, Plymouth firefighters went inside the plant to check an overheated turbine lubrication pump.
Fire Chief Edward Bradley said an electrical overload tripped a plant circuit breaker, automatically sending an alert to the fire department.
Bradley said the pump is one of a number of pumps that keep turbine bearings lubricated during production. The pumps are located in a building adjacent to the reactor building.
Lane Lambert may be reached at llambert@ledger.com or follow on Twitter @LLambert_Ledger.

Crowd outside the gates of Entergy's Pilgrim Station demanding plant remain shut until safety and waste issues addressed.

Crowd outside the gates of Entergy’s Pilgrim Station demanding plant remain shut until safety and waste issues addressed.

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