Salem plant shuts down from wetland grasses

    A nuclear reactor at Salem Nuclear Power Plant was shutdown Thursday due to clogs of grass backing up the cooling and safety systems.

    Grassing, a seasonal and storm-related problem for the plant, has caused previous shutdowns at Salem, and may mar the overall performance of the plant along the Delaware River.

    Inspectors from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission observed the shutdown and considered the actions of the plant appropriate, but more than four unplanned shutdowns in a year can mean greater regulation and oversight for the Salem plant.

    For the full story, read Jeff Montgomery’s report in The News Journal.

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