Nuclear Reactor Back Online Following Shutdown Caused by Lightning Strikes

June 21, 2010

A nuclear reactor at Dominion Virginia Power's North Anna power plant is back online following a shutdown caused by lightning strikes.

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission figures show the Unit 2 reactor was operating at 98 percent capacity Monday morning. Dominion restarted the reactor over the weekend.

A series of lightning strikes hit the reactor site last Wednesday. A Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman said the last strike caused a surge that tripped the electronic reactor protection system.

Dominion Virginia Power had said it's the fourth time lightning strikes shut down the reactor since 1998.


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