Official: Public not in dangerPublished: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 5:47 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 8:27 p.m. CDT
By STAFF REPORT firstname.lastname@example.org 815-625-3600, ext. 5501
BYRON – One of the two generating station units at the Byron power plant has been shut down for inspection.
Operators shut down Unit 2 at 1:38 p.m. because of low water levels in the unit’s steam generator, one of the largest parts of the plant in which steam from the reactor is converted to electricity.
According to an email from Paul Dempsey, Exelon Generation’s nuclear communications senior manager, the shutdown presents no safety risk for the public.
Equipment will be inspected, and the unit will be put back in service only after adjustments, repairs, and extensive tests. The units are separate, and Unit 1 is still operating at full power.
When both units are at full power, the site provides power for about 2.3 million homes.