Unit 1 at Susquehanna nuclear plant taken offline due to water leak

Operators at the Susquehanna nuclear power plant performed a planned and controlled shutdown of the Unit 1 reactor the morning of June 19 to investigate the source of a minor water leak inside the containment structure that surrounds the reactor.

“The leak does not affect the safety of the plant or the public,” said Timothy Rausch, PPL’s chief nuclear officer, in a June 19 statement. “We made the prudent decision to shut down the unit while the leak is small and will return it to service after we make the needed repairs.”

Unit 2 is operating at full power. The two units at Susquehanna have a generating capacity of about 2,500 MW. The Susquehanna plant, located in Luzerne County, Pa., about seven miles north of Berwick, is owned jointly by PPL Susquehanna LLC and Allegheny Electric Cooperative Inc. and is operated by PPL Susquehanna LLC. PPL Susquehanna LLC is one of PPL Corp.’s (NYSE: PPL) generating affiliates.

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