Southern NJ nuclear plant goes back online

Sunday, April 24, 2011

A southern New Jersey nuclear power plant has returned to full service after being offline for nearly two days, so crews could clear vegetation that was blocking cooling water intakes.

Today's Sunbeam of Salem reports that the Salem I reactor was restarted early Saturday and was back at full power by Saturday night.

The plant was manually taken offline around 4 p.m. Thursday and was out of service for about 37 hours. The shutdown was due to "grassing," a problem caused by vegetation, weeds and grasses that grow along the Delaware River and its tributaries. The vegetation becomes dislodged and floats downstream, and can become especially troublesome in the spring.

The reactor is one of three at the Salem/Hope Creek site in Lower Alloways Creek Township in Salem County.


Information from: TODAYS SUNBEAM, http://www.nj.com/salem

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