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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Unscheduled Shutdown at Limerick Nuclear Plant in Pennsylvania

The Unit 1 nuclear reactor at Exelon's Limerick Generating Station was shut down at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday following an electrical fault in a transformer, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a statement sent to area media outlets.

The reactor was manually shut down from the power station's control room following the fault, according to the NRC.

"The NRC is closely monitoring the shutdown, with our Resident Inspectors assigned to the plant gathering information from the control room and sharing it with NRC staff. There do not appear to be any complications at this point. We will want to know more about Exelon’s root cause evaluation of what caused the event and about any and all corrective action," NRC spokesperson Neil Sheehan said.

The NRC has two inspectors permanently assigned to the facility.

Sheehan said Exelon had declared an "Unusual Event," which is the lowest of four levels of emergency classification used by the NRC. Read More