Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Oyster Creek trims output due to valve problem

January 3, 2008

The Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in Lacey Township is running at 92 percent capacity and may have to do so until April because of a problem with its turbine control valves, said plant and federal spokespersons, according to a report in the Asbury Park Press.

There are "no issues operating at 92 (percent) safely and reliably,'' Leslie Cifelli, the Oyster Creek spokeswoman, told the newspaper.

The valve issue began after the plant restarted following its Dec. 19 unplanned shutdown. The shutdown killed 5,304 fish -- all but three of them bluefish -- when the flow of warm water from the plant into its discharge canal stopped, the report said.

More on Oyster Creek:

Exelon N.J. Oyster Creek reactor exits outrage
EDITORIAL: Battle to shut Oyster Creek has just begun
EDITORIAL:The Devil you know.Keeping Oyster Creek on line
Oyster Creek Trims Output to Valve Problem
Oyster Creek plant to stay at 92% power until April
Oyster Creek Generating Station clears last major hurdle in bid for 20-year license renewal

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