November 12, 2013
A reactor at one of the nation’s largest nuclear power plants has
been taken offline due to a radioactive leak within a containment
“Out of an abundance of caution,” service was temporarily removed
from Unit 1 at the Oconee Nuclear Station in western South Carolina
early Monday, according to ONS spokeswoman B.J. Gatten.
A robot was used to confirm the leak over the weekend after it was
first suspected Friday night inside Unit 1’s containment facility,
Less than one tenth of a gallon of radioactive material is leaking
per minute, though it is not yet known how long the leak has existed,
she said, according to WYFF.
The leak remains solely inside the containment building, a
steel-lined, airtight area with concrete walls several feet thick. No
one works inside the containment building, Gatten said.
The leak is subject to ongoing repairs and analysis, though there is no estimate for when it will go back online.