August 27, 2012

Millstone nuclear plant unit reopens

Millstone Power Station in Waterford has returned to full service nearly two weeks after one of its two units was forced to shut down because seawater used to cool it down was too warm, according to The Associated Press.

Millstone provides half of all power in Connecticut and 12 percent in New England.

Ken Holt, a spokesman for the nuclear plant, said Monday that Unit 2 returned to 100 percent power Saturday. It shuttered on Aug. 12 after record heat contributed to overheated water from Long Island Sound. Water is used to cool key components of the plant and is discharged back into the sound. The water's temperature was 1.7 degrees above the 75-degree limit. Holt says the temperature is now 72 degrees.

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