Feds inspect Conn. nuclear plant for faulty pump

Waterford

WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) — Federal regulators say an inspection has begun at Connecticut’s nuclear power plant to review a troublesome pump in the safety system.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says its inspection began Monday at the Millstone Unit 3 to focus on a turbine-driven auxiliary pump used to help cool down the reactor after a shutdown by pumping water into steam generators.

The generators convert heat produced by the reactor into steam used to spin the turbine and generate electricity.

Among the areas to be reviewed are the responses by Millstone owner Dominion Resources Inc. to the problems.

Bill Dean, an NRC administrator, said problems involving the pump extend back to May 2013.

A spokesman for Millstone says repairs have been made and outside experts have been brought in to help figure out the problem.

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