Mass. nuclear plant nearing shutdown exempted from regulations

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (NECN) -- The only nuclear power plant in Massachusetts won't have to comply with certain safety requirements as it prepares to shut down, getting a pass on precautions put in place after the Fukushima disaster in Japan.
 
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or NRC, says that Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station won't have to upgrade its vent system before it closes in 2019, despite not meeting all standards. It will also be exempted from seismic and flooding regulations established after the Fukushima meltdowns. 
 
An NRC spokesman says the plant doesn't have time to complete necessary upgrades and they wouldn't meaningfully improve safety. 
 
 
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