OH, PA Nukes Shut Down

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 @ 04:02 PM gHale

Two nuclear reactors in Ohio and Pennsylvania are now shut down for repairs.

The 1300 megawatt FirstEnergy Perry Nuclear Generating Station in Perry, Ohio, 30 miles northeast of Cleveland shut down last week.

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The reason for that shutdown was because automated valves in high-pressure steam lines at the reactor opened, sending scalding steam to a condenser, which turns the steam into water.

In Pennsylvania, officials said the 900-megawatt Beaver Valley Power Station in Hookstown, PA, that powers the regional grid shut down last week. That reactor is 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

Federal nuclear regulators found the reactor’s operators knew automated valves had responded to false temperature and pressure signals and the condenser’s water would continue heating up until the reactor was shut down.