Leak shuts down reactor at Salem nuclear plant

The Salem nuclear plant's cooling tower forms a backdrop as a tanker cruises south on the Delaware River near Port Penn, Del.
The Salem nuclear plant's cooling tower forms a backdrop as a tanker cruises south on the Delaware River near Port Penn, Del. (JOHN COSTELLO / Staff Photographer)
Posted: August 25, 2013

Workers manually shut down a reactor at PSEG's Salem nuclear plant in southern New Jersey Thursday night after a leak was detected in the containment building.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says slightly radioactive water was discovered leaking at a rate of four gallons a minute. Regulations require a shutdown if a leak exceeds 1 gallon a minute. The leak was confined to the plant's containment building.

The leak's source appears to be a pressurizer spray valve used in the reactor coolant system, which had been replaced several months ago during a refueling outage, the NRC said.


Contact Andrew Maykuth at 215-854-2947, @Maykuth or amaykuth@phillynews.com.

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