Small leak in reactor coolant vent line at Perry Nuclear Power Plant prompts nuclear plant shutdown

PERRY, Ohio - The Perry Nuclear Power Plant went into shutdown mode over the weekend after a small leak was discovered.

According to a filing with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the leak was discovered Saturday at 10:50 p.m. in a small reactor coolant vent line at the Lake County facility.

The plant stated in the filing that steam was coming from the vent line that comes off the top of the "recirc flow control valve." The leak appeared to be coming from where the line was welded.

As a result, the plant went into a controlled shutdown at 2 a.m. Sunday.

The NRC classified this incident as a "non-emergency."

NewsChannel5 has contacted FirstEnergy and is awaiting more information about the leak and shutdown.

The plant tweeted this information Monday:
"There are no public or environmental safety impacts or injuries to employees as a result. We are currently investigating the issue."

Keep checking for more information.

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