Plant Vogtle reactor shuts down abruptly

Thursday, April 21, 2011 6:50 PM
Last updated 9:04 PM
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Southern Nuclear officials were conducting a root cause investigation today into the unexpected, automatic shutdown of Unit 1 at the Vogtle Nuclear Generating Plant in Burke County.

The shutdown occurred at 5:34 p.m. Wednesday when an automatic safety system tripped in the reactor's secondary, or non-nuclear, section, said company spokeswoman Alyson Fuqua. Nuclear plants are designed to turn themselves off if monitoring equipment detects anything out of the ordinary.

Engineers are trying to determine the cause of the shutdown and no decision has been made about when to restart the unit, she said, adding that Unit 2 has experienced no problems and continues to operate at 100 percent capacity.

The idled unit is in a safe, stable condition, she said.

The shutdown of Unit 1, she added, was not expected, but it also not an emergency. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been notified of the incident, as a precaution.

Vogtle has two existing units and is also in line to be the first site in the U.S. where new commercial power reactors will be built in almost 30 years. Site work for units 3 and 4 has been under way since last year, and the company is awaiting final permits from the NRC before moving ahead with construction.
 

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dvdbiggs
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dvdbiggs 04/21/11 - 06:56 pm
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Glad I moved from Augusta.

Glad I moved from Augusta.

Einstein
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Einstein 04/21/11 - 07:40 pm
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Ehhh! What's the big deal?!

Ehhh! What's the big deal?! They're just shutting it down for Earth Day, right? Their PR department could have done a nice spin job on this, but no! They had to spread panic! :-)

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 04/21/11 - 08:28 pm
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Uh oh....

Uh oh....

Pu239
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Pu239 04/21/11 - 08:30 pm
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RE 1856....we are too!
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RE 1856....we are too!

Batman
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Batman 04/21/11 - 09:28 pm
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Glad to hear the safety

Glad to hear the safety systems worked as designed. Excellent!

curly123053
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curly123053 04/21/11 - 09:33 pm
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Haven't seen a glow over that

Haven't seen a glow over that way so I guess that means it's okay.

Pu239
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Pu239 04/21/11 - 10:20 pm
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Ss...isn't it amazing? I do
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Ss...isn't it amazing? I do agree with Batman "Glad to hear the safety systems worked as designed. Excellent!" Excellent Indeed...

curly123053
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curly123053 04/21/11 - 10:33 pm
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I agree with Batman too. Good

I agree with Batman too. Good to know that it's designed to shutdown as a precaution if needed. No need for concern.

blues550
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blues550 04/21/11 - 10:53 pm
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Georgia Power as once again
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Georgia Power as once again showed how strong of a company it is. Glad we live with the best utility company in the nation.

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