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Posted at 3:43 PM ET, 02/23/2010

Feds inspect Calvert Cliffs after shutdown

By Washington Post editors

Federal inspectors are at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in southern Maryland where both reactors were shut down last week.

The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the five-man team began inspecting the Lusby plant on Monday.

The NRC says the two reactors shut down Thursday when one of two electrical distribution buses failed, causing a loss of power to some safety systems. A backup generator came on for Unit 1, but the backup generator for Unit 2 tripped after starting and employees had to tie in another power source for that unit's safety equipment.

The NRC says there were no safety consequences as a result of the shutdown.

The plant is operated by Constellation Energy, the parent of Baltimore Gas & Electric.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | February 23, 2010; 3:43 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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