NJ nuclear plant shut down after electric problem

December 1, 2008 11:24:55 AM PST
The Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station remains shut down following a weekend problem with one of its two main electrical transformers. Just after 9 p.m. Friday, an electrical fault occurred in one of the transformers that converts Oyster Creek's output for use on the grid that serves the region.

That caused the plant to shut down automatically.

Repairs were still under way on Monday, and the plant's operators, Exelon Corp. could not estimate when it might be back online.

Spokesman David Benson says the sudden drop in water temperature outside the plant because heated water was no longer being discharged caused 38 fish to die since Friday.

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