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Inspectors at Hartsville plant after shutdown

Oct 14, 2010 6:54:00 AM - thestate.com
Inspectors from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are going over a South Carolina nuclear plant that shut down last week after problems with a cooling pump.

The NRC in Atlanta said the election team arrived at the plant Tuesday and is expected to spend about a week trying to figure out what went wrong at the H.B. Robinson Nuclear Station at Hartsville.

The plant operated by Progress Energy of Raleigh, N.C., shut down early Oct. 8 because of an electrical problem in one of the reactor coolant pump motors.

NRC spokesman Roger Hannah says the team of inspectors will also examine the operation of the pumps that supply water to the steam generators.

Robinson shut down last month after a control problem with one of the plant's turbines.