Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, MA, is in the process of undergoing a federal inspection.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will conduct a three-week review of the facility’s physical state and staff performance, an intensive evaluation brought on by a downgrade to Pilgrim’s safety rating last year.

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NRC dispatched a team of 20 people to the troubled plant as they want to ensure the plant can produce power safely before its scheduled closure in 2019.

The findings could determine what steps the owners must take as they prepare to wind down operations at the 43-year-old plant. Entergy Corp., which bought Pilgrim in 1999, said it plans to refuel the facility a final time next year.

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The company called the inspection “the next step in Pilgrim’s process toward a return to industry excellence.”

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