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Unscheduled Shutdown at Limerick Nuclear Plant

NRC: Electrical fault in transformer was impetus for manual shutdown.

The Unit 1 nuclear reactor at Exelon's Limerick Generating Station was shut down at 8:15 Wednesday morning following an electrical fault in a transformer, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a statement sent to area media outlets.

The reactor was manually shut down from the power station's control room following the fault, according to the NRC.

NRC spokesperson Neil Sheehan said Exelon had declared an "Unusual Event," which is the lowest of four levels of classification used by the NRC.

An "electrical disturbance caused a loss of power to generator cooling equipment" at the plant, Exelon Nuclear spokesperson Dana Melia said in a statement. 

"There is no threat to the health and safety of the public associated with this event," Melia said

Pete Kennedy July 18, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Updated info is available at Limerick Patch (http://patch.com/A-wjLG). An excerpt: An "electrical disturbance caused a loss of power to generator cooling equipment" at the plant, Exelon Nuclear spokesperson Dana Melia said in a statement. "There is no threat to the health and safety of the public associated with this event," Melia said
Roxborough Area Man July 18, 2012 at 07:35 PM
It is one of those things no one thinks about until we HAVE to think about it...hopefully America will not need a Fukashima or Cherynobl type incident to propel us towards alternative energy and away from dangerous nuclear and fossile fuel sourced energy.
Jim Frank July 19, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Darn, I hate wrecking the world for electricity but I do like to toast my bread, not to mention air conditioning.
Roxborough Area Man July 19, 2012 at 03:26 PM
We all do hehehe especially in this heat! That being said, the paradigm for energy generation has been stagnant since the introduction of nuclear energy, with minor concessions for solar, wind, geothermal and tidal energy. Nuclear energy is literally a ticking time-bomb, fossil fuels a slower death by poison...we can do better. It may cost more, upfront, and for a while, but eventually the monetary costs of "alternative" energy will come in line with traditional energy - but the side-effects and literal fallout will be much easier to live with.
Allen July 19, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Spend 10 minutes and learn about Liquid Floride Thorium Reactors (LFTR), could be the answer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2vzotsvvkw

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