Environment News Service

AmeriScan: April 7, 1999

FLORIDA NUCLEAR PLANT SHUT DOWN AS LEAKS FOUND

Unit 2 of the St. Lucie nuclear power plant 12 miles southeast of Fort Pierce, Florida was forced to partially shut down Tuesday because leaks were discovered in its emergency core cooling system suction lines. The reactor, operated by Florida Power & Light Co., was closed out to 28 percent power Tuesday night. The licensee intends to increase and hold power at 50 percent for grid stabilization, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission reports. The leaks were found while the mechanical staffers were doing a normal plant inspection. The leaks are downstream of the motor operated isolation valves just after the splitter for the connection to the refueling water tank. Both leaks were discovered due to boric acid buildup.

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