LA Nuke Faces NRC Inspection

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 @ 03:06 PM gHale


Following a fault that occurred in a main pump, the River Bend nuclear plant will be undergoing a federal inspection.

A four-member inspection team from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will investigate an electrical fault that occurred in a main pump May 24.

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“Workers reported seeing some smoke around the reactor feed pump and the plant’s fire brigade was dispatched, but no fire was reported,” the NRC said.

There were no radiological releases and no emergency action declaration needed because the plant is in safe shutdown, the NRC said.

Regulators are helping “review the circumstances around our recent safe shutdown to ensure we understand the issue fully,” said Katie Damratoski, a spokeswoman at River Bend.

Entergy’s River Bend Nuclear Station became Louisiana’s second nuclear power plant in 1986. River Bend’s output meets approximately 10 percent of the total energy demand of Louisiana.



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