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Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 02/24/2010

Melting snow may have shut down Calvert Cliffs

By Washington Post editors

A Constellation Energy official says melting snow apparently caused the shutdown of the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant last week.

David Fitz, a spokesman for Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, says melting snow is believed to have leaked through the plant’s roof and onto an electrical breaker.

Federal inspectors began inspecting the plant in southern Maryland on Monday. The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the two reactors shut down Thursday when one of two electrical distribution buses failed, causing a loss of power to some safety systems.

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 24, 2010; 12:20 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland, Weather  
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Comments

How does snow shut down a nuclear plant?

Posted by: jckdoors | February 24, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Illiteracy is contagious.

Posted by: member5 | February 24, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

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