Oyster Creek shut down for maintenance

The nation’s oldest nuclear power plant, which opened in 1969, has been shut down for refueling and maintenance, according to the Associated Press.

Workers at the 625 MW Exelon-owned Oyster Creek Generating Station in New Jersey will replace nearly a third of the reactor’s fuel, replace both of the plant’s main transformers and complete most of a 16-month, $13.3 million project to move pipes containing tritium above ground or into monitored vaults.

Last year, tritium-contaminated water leaked from pipes at the plant.

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