Michigan reactor shut down because of coolant leak

Southwest Michigan’s Herald-Palladium reported this afternoon:

The Palisades nuclear power plant was shut down Friday afternoon after a water leak of more than 10 gallons per minute was detected in the system that cools the plant’s nuclear reactor.

The plant was shut down shortly before 3 p.m. because the leak exceeded the plant’s technical specifications, spokesman Mark Savage said. The plant filed a notification of an “unusual event” with the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The likely cause of the problem is a leak on a valve in the primary cooling system, but that won’t be known for certain until workers can get in and do a thorough evaluation, Savage said.

There is no estimate for when the plant will be back in operation, Savage said Friday afternoon.

Link: http://www.heraldpalladium.com/articles/2011/09/17/local_news/6541744.txt

There probably won’t be a lot more information about this incident until the NRC Event Reports post on Monday morning. I’ll let you know if there are additional details then.

Palisades nuclear is located about a hundred miles east of Chicago, across Lake Michigan.

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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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