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Oyster Creek Offline Following Pressure Increase in Reactor

Plant was shut down over the weekend and remains offline

The Oyster Creek Generating Station's nuclear reactor is offline after plant operators manually shut it down following an increase in pressure, federal officials said.

A spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the plant’s control room operators manually shut down the reactor on Saturday in response to increasing reactor pressure.

"Cooldown was achieved using the plant’s isolation condensers," said Neil Sheehan, NRC spokesman.

At the time of the shutdown, turbine valve testing was being performed on the plant; the cause of the problem involving the turbine control system has not yet been determined, Sheehan said.

According to Sheehan, one of the NRC resident inspectors assigned to Oyster Creek on a full-time basis responded to the site following the shutdown to independently verify that the plant was in a safe condition and that the operators were taking the appropriate actions.

"The inspector did not identify any significant concerns with the [shutdown] or with subsequent operator actions to stabilize the plant," said Sheehan.

Suzanne D'Ambrosio, plant spokeswoman, said staff will take advantage of the outage to perform additional maintenance work to "keep the unit operating reliably and efficiently."

There has not yet been a determination as to when the plant will return to service.

suz December 16, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Well, it looks like we all may be glowing green and red...just in time for Christmas!
GloriaP December 17, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Always surprised by the public's lack of comment when it comes to the ever-present threat and danger posed by Oyster Creek to our surrounding communities ?!?!? It's continuous operational deficiencies has surpassed the message of a familiar warning known to all of us ... You don't play with fire

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