The Unit 2 reactor at the PPL Susquehanna Steam nuclear power plant in Salem Township reconnected to the electrical grid Tuesday after a shut down last Thursday for a valve repair.

The reactor came back on line after a planned shutdown for routine maintenance when operators discovered a leak in what the company said was a non-safety-related water supply pump.

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Unit 1 continued to operate at full power.

The Unit 2 reactor has been under increased scrutiny by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) after four unplanned shutdowns, two with complications, since December 2012.

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The reactor is one of six in the nation in NRC’s most serious category, “degraded cornerstone.” PPL is implementing a plan to address the issues under NRC oversight.

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