BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) announced the release of a draft water discharge permit for the
Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Mass.
The permit will help regulate the intake of cooling water
and the discharge of heat and other waste pollutants prior to the shutdown of
the plant. The EPA will accept public comment on the draft of the permit for 62
days before it goes into effect.
Before this, the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station relied on an
existing National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit from
1991. This permit regulates the way the facility withdraws water from Cape Cod
Bay for cooling purposes and the way it discharges waste through wastewater
The new permit will contain limitations and conditions for
each of the outfalls as well as conditions related to water withdrawal from
Cape Cod Bay. The goal of the permit is to make sure that the plant’s Cooling
Water Intake System reflects the best technology available for
minimizing adverse environmental impact.
Electricity generation operations at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station are expected
to cease by June 1, 2019.
The permit is available for public review and comment on the