By David Madden

SALEM, N.J. (CBS) — One of the nuclear plants located in rural Salem County, NJ, has been taken offline as a precaution after a problem developed last night.

Salem One is down after a problem developed on the non-nuclear side of the plant, according to Joe Delmar, a spokesman for PSEG Nuclear.  He says crews noticed lower steam generator water levels and made what he calls the “conservative decision.”

“There would have been an automatic trigger that would have had the reactor automatically go offline,” Delmar tells KYW Newsradio.  “Based on the indications and the way the plant was responding, control room operators took the proper action and manually removed the reactor from service.”

The problem was traced to a feedwater pump, which was being checked out.

No one was hurt and there is no public risk, according to officials.  And there was no immediate word on when the reactor might be put back on line.



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