A loss of steam pressure forced workers to shut down Plant Vogtle’s Unit 2 nuclear reactor last Tuesday.
There were no injuries or release of radioactive material, said a spokeswoman for Southern Nuclear, the sister company of Georgia Power that operates Plant Vogtle. The plant’s Unit 1 was already out of operation due to refueling and maintenance. Two additional reactors are under construction at the site near Waynesboro.
The cause of the shutdown is under investigation. “Once the repairs are complete, employees will focus on bringing the unit safely back online,” said Jeannine Bailey, Southern Nuclear’s communications director.
The company reported the outage as required an hour after it occurred to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), which will review the incident before the reactor can restart.
The event comes on the eve of the NRC’s annual assessment of the two existing units on April 24.