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Pennsylvania Nuclear Reactor Shut Down After 'Small Water Leak'

Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 01:07 PM

PPL Susquehanna LLC said Saturday it shut down a reactor at its nuclear plant near Berwick, Pennsylvania, to address "a small water leak" discovered inside the unit's concrete containment structure.

Though the leak is small enough to continue operating the reactor safely, PPL Susquehanna said it took the "conservative measure" to shut it down, the utility said in a statement. The company did not say when the unit might come back up.

The company noticed the slow leak over the past "few weeks" and it represents no safety risk to those living near the plant in Luzerne County, about 50 miles (80.5 kilometers) northwest of Allentown, Pennsylvania, Miriam Mylin, a spokeswoman for PPL Susquehanna, an affiliate of PPL Corp., said in a phone interview.

The plant's other reactor continues to operate and there will be no disruption in electrical service to customers of the plant, which is jointly owned by PPL Susquehanna and Allegheny Electric Cooperative.

"This is a very low level event," Mylin said. "The leak has been very slow, but trending upward over the past few weeks. It's very small, but we just wanted to shut it down now to get it taken care of before the winter."

 

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PPL Susquehanna LLC said Saturday it shut down a reactor at its nuclear plant near Berwick, Pennsylvania, to address a small water leak discovered inside the unit's concrete containment structure.
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