Two FirstEnergy nuke plants in region shut down for repairs

The shutdowns include the FirstEnergy Perry and Beaver Valley plants.

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PERRY, Ohio (AP) – Two FirstEnergy nuclear reactors in Ohio and Pennsylvania are shut down for repairs, just as the coldest air of the season is set to descend on the area.

The Plain Dealer reports that the nearly 1,300 megawatt FirstEnergy reactor in Perry, Ohio, was shut down earlier this week.

The plant is located about 30 miles northeast of Cleveland.

Automated valves in high-pressure steam lines at the reactor opened, sending scalding steam to a condenser, which turns the steam into water. Plant operators knew that water would keep heating up, so they shut the reactor down.

And a 900-megawatt FirstEnergy plant that powers the regional grid from the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Plant was closed last week. The Shippingport, Pennsylvania reactor is down for routine maintenance.

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