Operators at Oyster Creek Generating Station manually shut down the reactor today at 10:15 a.m. to perform maintenance on one of its five recirculation pumps. Recirculation pumps move water through the reactor during power operations.
The plant responded safely during the shutdown. State and federal officials were notified of the need to shut down the plant and perform corrective maintenance.
Shortly following the shutdown this morning, 14 fish had died from apparent exposure to the cold water. "In cold weather, we always take precautions to lower power gradually in order to minimize the effect on the aquatic life in the canal," said Mike Massaro, Site Vice President. "We will continue to monitor the canal and to keep the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission informed."
Plant operators are working diligently to bring the plant back online safely and efficiently.
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.