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Kewaunee Power Station Shutting Down

Tuesday is shutdown day for the Kewaunee Power Station.

It's a process that will ultimately take years, but Dominion spokesman Mark Kanz says they'll start by reducing power around 8 a.m. Tuesday and plan to disconnect from the grid around midday.

"Once the plant has cooled sufficiently we will remove the reactor head, take the fuel out of the reactor, move that into the spent fuel pool, and then reassemble the reactor and begin the process of getting the plant ready for safe-store," says Kanz. "And that will be a period that will take six or seven years to accomplish."

In terms of what the public might notice with regard to the shutdown, Kanz mentioned two things. One is a steam release starting Tuesday around noon.

The other is increased traffic around the nuclear plant.

"We'll be operating around the clock with shift changes taking place primarily at 6 in the morning and 6 in the evening," says Kanz.

Kanz says operators have been practicing the shutdown in simulators.

"They have actually done the plant shutdown a couple of times in the simulators so this is not going to be something that's absolutely new to them," says Kanz. "They will have been through it a couple of times by the time they actually do it for real."

Dominion will be holding a news conference Tuesday afternoon to talk more about the shutdown process. 


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