Operators at the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Luzerne County near Berwick, Pa., briefly declared an “unusual event” September 15 as a result of water leaking inside a room in the plant’s Unit 2 reactor building. The unit was shut down at the time of the declaration.
An unusual event is the lowest of the four emergency classifications established by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for nuclear power plants. The event had no effect on public safety and required no public action.
The plant declared the unusual event at 11:38 a.m., September 15 after operators received reports of the water leak. They responded quickly to stop the leak, which was contained in one room. The plant is designed to contain water leaks to the room where they occur.
The unusual event declaration was ended at 3:52 p.m., September 15.
Unit 2 was shut down early September 14 for an inspection of the unit’s turbine blades. It remains safely shut down. Unit 1 at the plant continues to run safely at full power.