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The owners of the Nine Mile Point Unit 1 this morning are trying to figure out why the recently refueled nuclear reactor automatically shut down at 8:51 p.m. Monday.
The plant responded according to design and automatically shut down with all rods that control the nuclear reaction fully inserting into the reactor, Constellation Energy Nuclear Group said this morning.
"The plant is in a safe and stable condition," the company said in a news release.
The reactor restarted April 19 after being out of service for maintenance and refueling.
“We’re working to identify the cause of the shutdown and to complete any repairs that are necessary to return the unit to service safely and reliably,” said Jill Lyon, speaking for Constellation.
Originally posted by Jomina
Seems like a few of the plants around the USA have been having probs since the Japanese Earthquake and Nuke Plant issues started up.
What did you mean by the "TMI"?
Originally posted by Xcathdra
Its entirely possible its a maintenance issue.
Originally posted by CaptGizmo
I would say that there may be a malfunction on the reactor somewhere, but overall to me the precautionary auto shutdown worked. Seems like the safety feature worked, so it does not seem bad to me. Where the Japanese plant did not.edit on 5/4/2011 by CaptGizmo because: (no reason given)