The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is a sprawling complex of sand-colored buildings completed during Richard Nixon’s first term. Above its main entrance, a sign proclaims, “Pilgrim: Our plant. Our Performance. Our Future.”
That may seem a bold statement for one of the nation’s oldest nuclear plants. Over the past year, Pilgrim has struggled with unplanned outages, attracted increased scrutiny from federal regulators, and come under the same economic pressures that are shuttering nuclear plants across the country, including Vermont Yankee in Vernon, Vt.
But analysts, regulators, and power industry officials, including Pilgrim’s owners, say the facility is likely to escape the fate of Vermont Yankee and other aging nuclear plants and keep operating for years to come. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.