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Davis-Besse plant reopens after wiring malfunction, coolant leak
Plant spokeswoman says public was never in any danger
Story by GRACE MURRAY


 
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FirstEnergy’s nuclear power plant east of Toledo is back online following a 14-day shutdown.

The Davis-Besse nuclear power plant closed June 29th after one of its four reactor coolant pumps shorted out. It went back on line Friday night.

FirstEnergy spokeswoman Jennifer Young says a malfunction with the pump’s wiring caused the shutdown.

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"What we found is that the power supply to the motor that powers that pump had some problems with its wiring, so the wiring for the power supply was corrected," Young says. "We did some other maintenance while we were offline replacing some piping to another pump at the plant." 

Young confirmed that while crews were investigating what caused the original problem, they discovered and fixed a small leak of radioactive coolant that amounted to about eight drops per minute. None of it escaped the plant.  

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