KS Nuke Leaks Water

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 @ 02:09 PM gHale


Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation workers found the source of a minor water leak and are working to repair it.

Wolf Creek workers identified a cracked weld as the source of the water leak in the reactor cooling system, said communications director Jenny Hageman. Staff members are finalizing a repair plan for the facility located near Burlington, KS.

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Officials had said there was no release of radiation.

“The plant is designed to contain leakage, and there has been no release from the plant,” Hageman said. “The plant remains safely shutdown.”

The plant ended up manually shut down around 10 a.m. Friday due to the leak inside the containment area.

Hageman said officials had planned to shut down the nuclear plant on Sept. 24 for a maintenance and refueling outage. The plant will be kept offline through the scheduled outage.

“It just makes sense to allow our team to incorporate the weld repair into our outage schedule and focus on completing all of our maintenance activities with precision, so we can safely restart the plant at the end of the outage,” said Cleve Reasoner, Wolf Creek site vice president.