A Brief Survey of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant Effects upon the Marine Aquatic Environment

  • W. Leigh Bridges
  • Robert D. Anderson
Part of the Lecture Notes on Coastal and Estuarine Studies book series (COASTAL, volume 11)


A broad range of enviromental studies, begun in 1969, were designed to detect environmental disturbances attributable to release of heated cooling water into Cape Cod Bay from the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. Investigations extending over more than a decade revealed no major damaging effects to the marine environment.

On a scale encompassing the more immediate vicinity of the power station certain site specific or occasionally occurring effects were documented. Most notable were several significant mortalities due to “gas bubble disease”, periodic incidences of finfish impingement on the cooling water intake traveling screens, near-field alterations of the benthic and epibenthic communities in the vicinity of the cooling water discharge, and entrainment of phytoplankton, Zooplankton, and ichthyoplankton in the cooling water flow.


Electric Power Research Institute American Fishery Society Atlantic Menhaden Discharge Canal Striped Mullet 
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  • Robert D. Anderson

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