NJ Nuke Offline for Repairs

Thursday, December 15, 2016 @ 02:12 PM gHale

Oyster Creek Generating Station, the nation’s oldest functioning nuclear power plant, went offline Tuesday so operators could make repairs to its turbine control system.

The system monitors turbine conditions, speed, temperature and pressure, said officials at Exelon Generation, which operates the Lacey, NJ, plant.

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“The Oyster Creek shutdown will not have an impact on electrical service to Exelon customers,” plant officials said.

This is the second shutdown in less than a month due to a fault in the turbine control system. The plant also underwent a nearly month-long shutdown from September to October for scheduled refueling and maintenance.

In July, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) increased oversight of the plant after determining officials there violated safety rules regarding a faulty emergency back-up generator.

NRC staff said the plant operators failed to have instructions for the replacement of a 22-year-old hose on the diesel generator that had degraded because of aging and heat.

Oyster Creek is on schedule to close permanently in December 2019, but environmentalists have called for an earlier decommissioning.

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