Investigation into Farley Reactor Shutdown Continues

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - Officials at Farley Nuclear Plant are still trying to figure out how testing on one of the plant's reactors last week caused another to shut down.

Company spokesman Jeremy Pate told local newspaper that an investigation is continuing into an automatic shutdown of the Unit 2 reactor last Wednesday afternoon.

Farley has 60 days from the date of the incident to file a report with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The report must detail the cause, and corrective steps taken or planned to make sure the same thing doesn't happen again.

Pate said Unit 2 is again fully operational after reaching 100 percent power early Sunday afternoon. Unit 1 remained shut down today for a planned outage.

The NRC investigated the Farley plant last month after two separate electrical breaker failures.

A faulty valve related to a heat removal system was also found during testing in April 2006 and January 2007.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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