Maintenance completed on Oyster Creek nuke plant

(AP) - Maintenance work on a feedwaterheater has been completed at the nation's oldest nuclear powerplant.

Workers took the Oyster Creek plant's reactor off line at 6:30a.m. Wednesday and finished the maintenance work Sunday afternoon.

The plant's owner says it has three feedwater heaters, which areused to maximize efficiency by recovering heat that would otherwisebe lost. Exelon Corp. says the heaters are not related to theplants safety equipment.

Earlier this month, plant officials said a monitor that measuresradiation emissions was found to be inoperable. But they said theproblem didn't pose a public health threat because other monitorswere available.

The 40-year-old plant in Lacey Township generates enoughelectricity to power 600,000 homes a year and provides 9 percent ofNew Jersey's electricity.

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