- Associated Press - Sunday, April 19, 2015

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) - Operators of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station at Plymouth say they have begun a power reduction for the station’s scheduled refueling outage, which is done every two years.

Entergy, the plant’s owner, said Sunday it is spending $70 million and bringing in more than 1,000 skilled temporary workers to work with the plant’s 600 full-time employees on the refueling. The workers will upgrade, replace and inspect hundreds of pieces of equipment.

Pilgrim began commercial operation in 1972 and was relicensed in 2012 to operate until 2023.

Spokeswoman Lauren Burm said in a statement the time that Pilgrim will return to the power grid is “sensitive information that can’t be shared.”

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