Cause of shutdown at North Anna nuclear plant sought, Richmond Times-Dispatch by Peter Bacque, September 3, 2011:
Knowing precisely what prompted the shutdown of [North Anna's] two 980-megawatt reactors is critical for validating the safety of the plant’s design. [...]
The quake shut down the plant’s two reactors, an unprecedented event in the United States. [...]
Utility officials had said earlier that electrical switches in the systems carrying power to the generating station had shaken open, signaling the reactors to trip. “We believe right now that was not the case,” [Daniel G. Stoddard, Dominion Virginia Power's senior vice president for nuclear operations] said.
“There were multiple trip signals coming in,” North Anna Site Vice President Larry Lane said. [...]
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Published: September 4th, 2011 at 11:30 am ET