Nuclear plant shutdown report due in 45 days
ST. FRANCISVILLE - Inspectors with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will likely leave the Entergy nuclear power plant here Saturday after spending a week investigating an unplanned reactor shutdown.
The incident happened on December 25th but was made public Monday. Friday, a spokesperson said regulators had concluded their on-site visit and would write a report on the situation. The report would be available within 45 days.
According to federal inspectors, the plant was operating at 85 percent capacity on Christmas Day when there was an unplanned shutdown. Following the shutdown, there were problems with the plant's feedwater system, which supplies cooling water to the reactor core. There were also issues with several electrical circuit breakers.
"The purpose of this special inspection is to better understand the circumstances surrounding the event, determine if there are any generic implications, and review the licensee's corrective actions to ensure that the cause of the event, including associated equipment problems have been effectively addressed," NRC Region IV Administrator Marc Dapas said in a news release earlier this week.
Inspectors said no one was at risk during the shutdown.
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