Leak Prompts Nuclear Plant Shutdown

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NORTH PERRY, Ohio — A small reactor coolant leak at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Lake County prompted a plant shutdown this weekend.

According to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission website, the leak was noticed Saturday around 10:50 p.m.

The resident inspector and state and local authorities were notified, and a controlled plant shutdown was executed on Sunday at 2 a.m.

The incident, which was classified as a non-emergency, came to light when engineers found steam coming from a vent line.

FirstEnergy spokesperson Jennifer Young told Fox 8 News the leak was contained and no fumes or materials escaped the plant at any time.

She also said the public was never in any danger.

Repairs were still being conducted Monday morning, but for competitive reasons, FirstEnergy will not announce how long they will take.