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Dec 13, 2014

18:16:06 GMT--Nuclear Event - North-America - USA

EDIS Number: NC-20141213-46319-USA

Date / time: 13/12/2014 18:14:34 [UTC]

Event: Nuclear Event

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of Pennsylvania

Location: Berwick [Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


A water leak forced the shutdown of PPL Susquehanna nuclear power plant Unit 1 early Saturday morning. PPL Susquehanna, a subsidiary of PPL Corp. in Allentown, described the problem in a press release as "a small water leak inside the containment structure" surrounding the reactor. "Although the water leak is well within the plant's limits for continued safe operation, operators began shutting the unit down as a conservative measure to complete repairs and enhance the unit's reliability for the upcoming winter, when cold weather drives higher electricity use," PPL said. PPL said it expects to quickly identify the source of the water leak, complete repairs and resume generating electricity. The Susquehanna plant, located in Luzerne County about seven miles north of Berwick, is owned jointly by PPL Susquehanna and Allegheny Electric Cooperative Inc. and is operated by PPL Susquehanna. In Sept. 2013, radioactive water discovered inside a room in the plant's Unit 2 reactor building led to an "unusual event" declaration. An unusual event is the first of the four emergency classifications established by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for nuclear power plants. Unit 2 was not operating when that leak was found. It had been shut down a day earlier for an unplanned inspection of the unit's turbine blades after a sensor detected an abnormality. Soon after, the radioactive water was cleaned up and the turbines repaired.

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