Clinton plant taken offline over equipment issue

Clinton plant taken offline over equipment issue

CLINTON — The Clinton nuclear power plant was taken offline Saturday night, Exelon Generation said Monday, to perform maintenance on a system that delivers water to the plant's reactor.

But Exelon Generation spokesman Brett Nauman said the incident was not an emergency.

"The plant was shut down safely and it's in stable condition now," he said. "We had to bring the plant offline to perform maintenance on the system."

Nauman said the shutdown was not related to a planned refueling and maintenance shutdown at the 30-year-old nuclear plant that was completed earlier this month.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's onsite inspector was notified of the situation.

"I don't believe anybody other than the resident inspector is here now," he said. "It's just an equipment issue, and because the equipment wasn't performing, the operators took the unit offline so they could perform maintenance on it. Part of that includes repairing, inspecting and testing the system before we return the plant to service."

Nauman said he didn't know when the plant would return to service.

He said the 1,069-megawatt plant was at full power when it was powered down Saturday night.

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