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Support Problem Forces Limerick Unit 2 Shut-Down

LIMERICK PA – Operators at Exelon Nuclear‘s Limerick Generating Station (LGS) manually shut down its Unit 2 reactor Friday (Feb. 25, 2011) at 9:10 a.m. because a generator “support system” was not operating properly, company spokesman Joseph Szafran said.

Exelon's Limerick Generating Station

The closure occurred “as expected, safely and without incident,” he added, at “no risk to the public” and without staff injuries.

Station personnel worked throughout the day to solve the problem and restore the unit to service. Szafran did not offer an estimate on how long Unit 2 was expected to be out, the suspected or determined cause of the support system failure, or details on its repairs.

Limerick’s Unit 1, meanwhile, continued to operate at full power, Szafran said. Just eight months ago, during June 2010, it was Unit 1 that went offline due to what was described at the time as an “electrical fault,” and Unit 2 kept operating.

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