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FirstEnergy shuts down nuclear plant near East Liverpool

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SHIPPINGPORT, Pa. - FirstEnergy has shut down one of it's nuclear powered electrical generating plants near East Liverpool.

FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company announced that Beaver Valley Power Station Unit 1 at Shippingport, Pa. has been safely shut down as plant personnel assess the cause of a small electrical wiring fire.

According to a news release from FirstEnergy, federal authorities classify the incident as an unusual event, the lowest of four nuclear emergency classifications.

Operators manually shut down Beaver Valley Unit 1 shortly before 6:00 p.m. Tuesday after receiving indications of an issue with the main generator breaker.

An inspection of the turbine building identified a small fire in a cable tray carrying wiring from the breaker, which was extinguished by plant personnel. Offsite fire companies responded to the site, though their services were not required.

Beaver Valley Unit 1 remains safely shut down, and an assessment for equipment damage and cause of the electrical fault is currently under way.

First Energy says there was no impact on public health and safety as a result of the event. Local, state and federal agencies and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have been notified.

Beaver Valley Unit 2 remains operating at 100 percent power. 

The plant has been in the news in recent months. First Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said a small hole was discovered during a recent routine inspection when Beaver Valley Unit One was shut down for refueling.
 
Also, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors found the problems in the cybersecurity program at the power station on Sept. 13.
 
FirstEnergy spokeswoman Jennifer Young said that both problems have been fixed.

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