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Backup generator at Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant fails, triggering special federal review

Maryland Matters, By Josh Kurtz, May 3, 2023

A massive backup diesel generator at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Southern Maryland was recently out of service for at least week, triggering an ongoing special inspection by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The backup generator is one of five at the nuclear plant in Lusby, which is operated by Constellation Energy and produces about 37% of all electric power in Maryland; two functioning generators are necessary to run the plant’s two nuclear towers if the regional electric power grid ever goes down.

While there was never any danger to the public, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Constellation say, the mechanical failure of the generator, which was discovered during a regular in-house inspection of the plant on April 24 and lasted until Monday, is leading to extra scrutiny of the plant by federal regulators………………………………………………… more


May 5, 2023 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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