PLYMOUTH, Mass. (CBS/AP) — The Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth was shut down last weekend so workers could repair what ownership called a small steam leak in the plant’s feed water system.

A spokeswoman for the plant said Pilgrim remained offline as of Tuesday morning. There was no timetable for bringing it back online.

The plant’s owners and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said there was no threat to the public.

The plant released a statement that explained that the leak was being monitored when the leakage rate increased. This prompted the decision to take down the plant on Sunday at about 6:30 p.m.

Pilgrim had not been returned to full power since a shutdown late last month prompted by a problem with the electrical system that runs the pumps that supply cooling water to the reactor core.

An NRC spokesman says although part of the same system, the two issues are unrelated.


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