Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant

The Oyster Creek nuclear power generating station in Forked Rived, Lacey Township, is scheduled to close this September. Monday July 30, 2018. (Dale Gerhard/Press of Atlantic City)

LACEY TOWNSHIP — The Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, set to close permanently Sept. 17, is operating at reduced power because of a water leak, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

“This is due to feedwater heater tube leakage,” NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan said Thursday. “The plant remains stable and our resident inspectors assigned to Oyster Creek are continuing to monitor operators’ response to the condition.”

It has cut back to 70 percent power, Sheehan said.

But Exelon spokesperson Tammy Holden said Friday the plant is just "coasting down" in anticipation of next month's closing and minor maintenance is being done.

Feedwater is water that is circulated through the steam cycle as it comes out of the condenser and is sent into the boiler. Feedwater heaters preheat the water to decrease the heating time in the boiler and increase the plant’s overall efficiency, according to Minnesota State University.

— Michelle Brunetti Post

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In my first job after college got paid to read the New York Times and summarize articles for an early online data base. First reporting job was with The Daily Record in Parsippany. I have also worked in nonprofits, and have been with The Press since 1990.

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