Bloomberg reports that the Unit 1 reactor at the Salem nuclear power plant in New Jersey tripped offline Monday morning, according to Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) officials. Joseph Delmar, manager of nuclear communications for PSEG, wrote in an email that the cause of the shutdown is still under investigation.
Here’s a full statement:
Salem Unit 1 experienced an automatic reactor shutdown at approximately 10:15 am this morning. Testing was occurring on the reactor protection system at the time. The plant is currently stable. The cause of the trip is under investigation. A return to service is unavailable at this time.
After the reactor trip, multiple fire alarms were received. Per the plant’s technical specifications, we are required to validate all fire alarms within 15 minutes. Since we were unable to do so, an Unusual Event was declared. An Unusual Event is the lowest form of emergency classification.We confirmed there was no fire and exited the Unusual Event at 12:49 pm.
Salem Unit 2 was not impacted and remains at full power. The neighbouring Hope Creek Generating Station remains in a refueling outage.
Two of the four licensed nuclear power reactors in New Jersey are located at the Salem Plant.
The pant generates enough electricity to power about two million homes each day.
This is a developing story. We’ll update you with more details as they become available.
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