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Hope Creek nuclear plant taken offline temporarily

September 6, 2014

LOWER ALLOWAYS CREEK TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A nuclear plant in southern New Jersey was taken offline temporarily so crews can replace a piece of equipment and perform other maintenance work.

The South Jersey Times (http://bit.ly/1CDbv3I) reports the Hope Creek nuclear reactor was shut down around 8 p.m. Friday as part of a planned maintenance outage. But it’s not clear how long the outage will last.

Joe Delmar, a spokesman for plant operator PSEG Nuclear, said crews will replace one of the unit’s 14 safety relief valves during the outage. They also will perform other maintenance, including repairs to the plant’s circulating water system.

Officials determined the maintenance outage was needed after they discovered a valve was not operating as designed.

The relief valve protects the reactor from overpressure in the event of a sudden shutdown. It would release steam to relieve pressure within the reactor.

Hope Creek is one of three reactors operated by PSEG Nuclear at the Salem Generating Station in Lower Alloways Creek Township. The two other reactors there — the Salem 1 and Salem 2 plants — were operating at full power Saturday.

The three plants comprise the second largest commercial nuclear generating complex in the United States. When they are all operating, the plants produce enough electricity for three million homes

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Information from: South Jersey Times (Woodbury, N.J.), http://nj.com/southjerseytimes

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