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Radioactive Leak At Oconee Nuclear Station Shuts Down Reactor

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Emergency officials say the leak was detected Sunday night at the Oconee Nuclear Station in Seneca. Emergency officials say the leak was detected Sunday night at the Oconee Nuclear Station in Seneca.
The reactor will remain offline as crews work to fix the leak The reactor will remain offline as crews work to fix the leak
OCONEE COUNTY, S.C. -

A radioactive leak at an Upstate nuclear power plant has forced the shutdown of one of its reactors.

Emergency officials say the leak was detected Friday night at the Oconee Nuclear Station in Seneca. The leak occurred in a containment building where water is circulated to keep the reactor cool. No employees work in the area.

The leak is at a rate of 1/10 of a gallon per minute.

“They made a very conservative decision to bring the unit down so we can investigate the problem,” said B.J. Gatten, a spokesperson for Duke Energy.

According to Scott Krein with the Oconee County Emergency Management Agency, the incident was small and under control. He also says there are no immediate threats and that the public is not in any danger.

Gatten says the reactor will remain offline as crews work to fix the leak.

“We're looking at everything that possibly could be going on inside the containment building, and it could take several days,” said Gatten.

Unit Two was already shut down for planned refueling maintenance. This leaves one functioning reactor at the plant.

Just last month this the station had an issue with Unit 3. Operators took it offline for four days because of an issue with the water operating system on the non-nuclear side of the plant.     

Duke Energy will continue to monitor the situation. They say they don't anticipate any delays in meeting the needs of customers as a result of the shutdown.

The Oconee Nuclear Station is one of only three in country with three reactors on site. Most stations have one or two. 

The station has been in operation for 40 years, and the Nuclear Regulatory Committee just signed off on another 20 additional years of operations.



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