Oyster Creek nuclear plant offline for planned maintenance

    The Associated Press reports New Jersey’s Oyster Creek nuclear plant is offline for some routine maintenance:

    The Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station is offline for planned maintenance to prepare it for peak summer power demands.

    Operators took the plant offline at 8 a.m. Saturday.

    Work will include repairs to one of five recirculation pumps that are used to move water through the reactor during power operations. Crews will also do preventive maintenance that will ready the plant for the summer season.

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    Some minor repairs will also be carried out that can only be done when the plant is offline.

    The nation’s oldest nuclear power plant, Oyster Creek will close in 2019.

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