Nuclear Plant Remains Closed as
by Associated Press
RICHLAND - The Columbia Generating Station nuclear power plant remains shut down as workers there investigate why a pipe leaked hydraulic liquid.
The reactor shut itself down Thursday afternoon when monitors on the turbine generators sensed low oil pressure. A fitting on a metal pipe carrying hydraulic liquid leaked.
Energy Northwest spokesman Brad Peck said Friday the plant will not restart until crews understand why the fitting leaked and make the necessary repairs.
He says there's no prediction as to when that will be, but company officials don't expect the plant to be down for an extended outage.
The power plant had been operating continuously for 383 days. The plant began operating in 1984.
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