Operators at Exelon Generation's 849-MW FitzPatrick nuclear reactor in Scriba, New York, have reduced the unit's output "to conduct suppression testing in order to identify leaking fuel rods," Neil Sheehan, a US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Region I spokesman, said in an interview Monday.
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Sheehan could not provide an exact time and date when the unit's power was reduced. It was operating at 58% early Monday, at 59% Sunday, 69% Saturday and 100% Friday, according to NRC's daily reactor status reports.
"When [plant technicians] identify the leaking [fuel] rods they insert control rods to take these 'leakers' out of service," Sheehan said.
Plant spokeswoman Tammy Holden did not reply to a request for comment by press time.