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V.C. Summer nuclear plant offline after transformer fire, oil spill

When the failure happened there was a “brief” fire and the plant’s fire system activated and...
When the failure happened there was a “brief” fire and the plant’s fire system activated and quickly put out the fire.(KFYR)
Published: Nov. 17, 2021 at 3:19 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 18, 2021 at 10:22 AM EST
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FAIRFIELD COUNTY, S.C. (WIS) - The V.C. Summer nuclear plant is offline after a brief fire due to a transformer failure, according to a spokesperson for the nuclear station.

Operators at the V.C. Summer Station took the station offline around 5:30 p.m. Monday because of the fire.

“This transformer is the step-up that sends power onto the grid from the station,” wrote a representative for V.C. Summer.

When the failure happened there was a “brief” fire and the plant’s fire system activated and quickly put out the fire.

The cause of the failure is unknown, and an investigation is underway, according to officials.

The main transformer failure resulted in a leak of transformer mineral oil. At approximately 9:00 a.m. on November 16, a sheen from mineral oil was observed in the station’s circulating water outfall. Station personnel immediately deployed absorbent booms and oil screens to contain and clean up the oil. It’s estimated that between 10 and 15 gallons of oil were leaked.

There was no impact on the health and safety of the public or plant personnel, according to officials.

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