Leak Shuts MI Nuke

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 @ 10:03 AM gHale

Fermi 2 nuclear power plant shut down after workers found a water leak within the dry well that encloses its reactor.

Crews shut the plant down around 7 a.m. Thursday morning when a monitoring system took over as a safety measure and the plant shut down automatically, said DTE spokesman Guy Cerullo. The plant, operated by DTE Energy Co., is in Frenchtown Township, MI, along Lake Erie.

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Cerullo said officials worked through the weekend to determine an exact cause. He said the leak — which ended up contained — was from a system that cools heat exchanges in the plant and not the reactor, which remains safe.

Fermi has been in operation since Jan. 1988, after a construction period that spanned 20 years.

Its operating units include Detroit Edison, an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan; MichCon, a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan; and other non-utility, energy businesses focused on gas storage and pipelines, unconventional gas production, power and industrial projects, and energy trading.

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