Virginia reactor shut down with valve problem

Here’s a short item from WTKR in Norfolk, VA:

Surry nuclear reactor remains shut down

Surry nuclear reactor remains shut down 
BY MIKE HOLTZCLAW 757-928-6479

11:54 a.m. EST, February 8, 2011

SURRY — One of Dominion Virginia Power’s two nuclear reactors in Surry County Surry County remains inactive, almost a week after it was automatically shut down due to a problem with the cooling system.

Rick Zuercher, spokesman for Dominion Virginia Power, would not estimate when the reactor identified as Surry Unit 2 will return to service. “We expect it will come back soon,” Zuercher said.

Surry Unit 1 continues to operate at full capacity, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s web site. Zuercher said there were no injuries and no contamination reported after the shutdown, which occurred in the early-morning hours of Feb. 2.

Zuercher said a valve in the reactor coolant system closed, reducing the flow of water through the system and prompting an automatic shutdown. He said the reactor will be reactivated once crews have safely repaired the valve.

About Robert Singleton

By day, I work for a call center. In my spare time, I try to save my hometown (and planet) from a nearly constant onslaught of greedheads, lunatics and land developers. I live in a fictional town called Austin, Texas, where I go to way too many meetings.
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