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Dominion shuts down 1 reactor for refueling

Monday - 4/8/2013, 4:08pm  ET

LOUISA, Va. (AP) -- One of the nuclear reactors at Dominion Virginia Power's North Anna power station has been shut down for refueling.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch ( says the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission released figures showing the utility shut down Unit 2 over the weekend.

Refueling is typically conducted at 18-month intervals, and generally takes about one month.

In a memo to employees, the Richmond-based utility said a portion of the unit's reactor fuel will be replaced and a number of maintenance activities will be performed. Maintenance includes repairs to a reactor coolant system valve on one of the unit's three steam generators and seal maintenance on two of the unit's three reactor coolant pumps.

The NRC figures show Unit 1 at North Anna is operating at 100 percent capacity.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,

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