Melting Snow Shuts Down Nuclear Power Plant

Snow thaw causes two reactors to go down at Calvert Cliffs

By Jim Handly
|  Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010  |  Updated 2:16 PM EDT
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Melting Snow Shuts Down Nuclear Power Plant

Constellation Energy Group, Inc. 2008

The weather power hits keep on coming, but this time it’s nuclear power at the Calvert Cliffs plant in Lusby, Md. 

Melting snow may be behind the recent shutdown of the plant. It is believed to have leaked through the plant’s roof and onto an electrical breaker, said David Fritz of Constellation Energy Nuclear Group.

Federal inspectors started looking at the plant on Monday. The two reactors went down the Thursday after one of two electrical distribution buses failed, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said.

The NRC said safety was not impacted by the shutdown.
 
Constellation Energy, the parent of Baltimore Gas & Electric, operates the plant.

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