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Controlled shutdown at Perry plant
Power station operator conducts inspection after minor leak 

Tim Rudell
Perry nuclear power plant shut down Saturday morning due to a small leak.
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A leak in a pipe in the reactor cooling system is causing a short-term shutdown of the Perry nuclear power plant.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports that the problem started over the weekend, and the response to it is continuing

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Plant operators say no one was in danger and despite social media reports of an evacuation, there was none.  The Nuclear Regulatory Commission classified the leak--discovered late Saturday evening--as non-emergency in nature. 

Jennifer Young of Perry plant owner First Energy: “We monitor conditions in the plant continuously.  When we identified that we may have a leakage, top area of a containment sump which was controlled and captured in the plant we shut down so we could go in and make the repair.” The area where the leak was found is called the recirculation sump and is a sealed part of the plant.

The leak was spotted near a welded joint in pipes through which water circulates to carry heat away from the reactor. It was fixed, but the cause remains under investigation. graphic of a containment sump design And, Young says the whole cooling system is being inspected while the plant is on controlled shutdown to make sure there are no other problems.  When regular operations will resume is not known.  

The Perry plant
is about 30 miles east of Cleveland on the Lake Erie shore.  It went on line in 1987. It is licensed through early 2026, and owner First Energy has until September 2015 to apply for a 20-year license extension.  

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