Summer nuclear power plant shut down for leaky valve

South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) shut down the V.C. Summer nuclear power plant due to a leaking safety valve.

SCE&G said water was leaking from a pressurizer safety valve, and that it may take up to two weeks to get the power plant operating again, according to Greenville Online. The leak released a small amount of contaminated water inside the plant, but did not cause any danger to workers or the public.

An official with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said in the article that SCE&G did not have to close the plant because the leak had not reached a level that required a shutdown. An SCE&G spokeswoman was also quoted as saying the utility took a conservative approach and closed the plant to make the repair.

SCE&G is building two 1,117-MW Westinghouse AP1000 reactors at the Summer site. They are expected to come online by 2018.

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