A water leak forced the shutdown of PPL Susquehanna nuclear power plant Unit 1 early Saturday morning.
PPL Susquehanna, a subsidiary of PPL Corp. in Allentown, described the problem in a press release as “a small water leak inside the containment structure” surrounding the reactor.
One of the more frustrating things in following nuclear issues is separating fact from press release. As The Morning Call reported:
“Although the water leak is well within the plant’s limits for continued safe operation, operators began shutting the unit down as a conservative measure to complete repairs and enhance the unit’s reliability for the upcoming winter, when cold weather drives higher electricity use,” PPL said.
PPL expects to quickly identify the source of the water leak, complete repairs and resume generating electricity.
Hope to know more after tomorrow’s NRC Event Reports.