Court decision gives MA power to regulate cooling water intake system at nuclear plant

BOSTON, MA, Apr. 11, 2011 -- The Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts has ruled that environmental officials have the authority to regulate a cooling water intake system at the Pilgrim nuclear power plant...

BOSTON, MA, Apr. 11, 2011 -- The Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts has ruled that environmental officials have the authority to regulate a cooling water intake system at the Pilgrim nuclear power plant.

The cooling system at the Pilgrim plant in Plymouth, MA, pulls in water from Cape Cod Bay. Heated water is later discharged through outflow pipes. The effluent is regulated by the state and federal governments.

Pilgrim owners, Entergy Corp., challenged whether the intake process is also within the state's regulatory jurisdiction. This latest court decision reverses a lower court ruling that said the state Department of Environment lacked such authority.

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