FORKED RIVER, NJ (April 25, 2009) - Operators at Oyster Creek Generating Station manually shut down the reactor today at 6:04 p.m. due an equipment failure on one of its two main transformers.
Oyster Creek has two transformers that convert Oyster Creek's output for use on the grid that serves the region.
The plant responded as expected, safely and without incident. There was no risk to the public, no release of radiation and no injuries associated with the shutdown. The shutdown is unrelated to facility's investigation into tritiated water found on plant property.
Oyster Creek is a 636-megawatt boiling water reactor capable of providing the power needed for about 600,000 homes. The station is located about 50 miles east of Philadelphia and 75 miles south of New York City.