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Pilgrim nuclear plant in Plymouth gets another 20 years

After review, commission votes to renew license, even as safety questions linger

Concluding the longest-ever review of a US nuclear power plant’s request for a new license, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Friday it had decided to allow the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth to produce energy for another 20 years.

The 3-1 vote, with one commissioner recusing himself because of a conflict, was called “troubling’’ by Governor Deval Patrick.

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