New Jersey nuclear plant shut down after problem

LACEY TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY - 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. November 28, 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 December 1, 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 November 28.



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