- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) - The owner of the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth faces possible punishment from federal regulators because a former security officer admitted to skipping his hourly fire watches then falsifying records to make it appear as if they been completed.

In a letter to Entergy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said its investigators found the security officer skipped more than 200 fire watches from 2012 to 2014.

An NRC spokesman tells the Cape Cod Times (http://bit.ly/1KHRoIV ) that Entergy could be assessed a civil fine of up to $140,000 per day per violation, but at this point a civil penalty will likely not be assessed.

Entergy says its own investigation reached a similar conclusion. The employee was fired. Entergy is still considering how it will respond.

Pilgrim has been scheduled to close by 2019.

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Information from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, http://www.capecodonline.com

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