Exelon Reports Reactor Shut Down Without Incident

The Limerick reactors, as seen from Heritage Airport in Limerick PA

LIMERICK PA – The Unit 2 nuclear reactor at Exelon Corp.’s Limerick Generating Station automatically shut down Sunday morning (May 29, 2011) at 5:02 a.m., company spokeswoman April Schilpp notified area media at mid-day Sunday by e-mail. The unit’s “turbine tripped following scheduled testing and maintenance on an electrical system in the non-nuclear side of the plant,” she reported.

There was no risk to the public, and there were no injuries associated with the shutdown, according to Schilpp. Unit 2’s companion reactor, Limerick Unit 1, reportedly continues to operate at full power.

“The plant responded as expected,” Schilpp added, and shut down “safely and without incident.” Limerick operators are investigating the cause of the shutdown, she said, and were working to resolve the problem and restore the unit to service. However, no further notification regarding repairs in progress had been offered as of 1:30 a.m. Monday (May 30).

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