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'Special inspection' underway at River Bend power plant

1 year 7 months 2 weeks ago Monday, February 08 2016 Feb 8, 2016 February 08, 2016 11:15 PM February 08, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Hunter Robinson

ST. FRANCISVILLE - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced they've begun a special inspection at the River Bend Station nuclear power plant following an unplanned shutdown of the reactor Jan. 9th.

According to a press released issued Monday, a lightning strike caused a "momentary surge" at the plant's offsite power supply, forcing the shutdown. The NRC will be investigating onsite for a week and publish the results within the next 45 days.

This isn't the plant's first trouble with unplanned shutdowns. There were inspections following an unplanned shutdown of the reactor Christmas Day 2014  and another about three months later.

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