Georgia reactor shut down with cooling system problem

The Augusta Chronicle reported this afternoon:

Plant Vogtle’s Unit 1 nuclear reactor was unexpectedly shut down Saturday after a sensor indicated an issue with a water pump.

The unit remained offline Sunday while an incident response team explored the cause, Southern Nuclear spokesman Mark Sullivan said.

It is unclear from the press coverage whether the shutdown was automatic or if operators scrammed the reactor. A press release from Southern Co., owner of Vogtle, does nothing to clarify this point, as it simply notes that plant operators ” took the unit offline.” The release seems to want to have it both ways, saying: “All Plant Vogtle safety systems operated as designed, and operators responded as they are trained in a professional and safe manner.”

Southern Co. recently gained approval for two additional reactors at Vogtle.

Here’s a link to the Augusta Chronicle story: http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2012-04-15/vogtle-reactor-unexpectedly-shut-down

And here’s the link to the Southern Co. press release: http://www.southerncompany.com/news/dyn_pressroom.aspx?s=43&item=2540

 

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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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