Jellyfish close down nuclear plant

Lucinda Cameron
Friday 01 July 2011 00:00
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Both reactors at a nuclear power station have been shut down after "high volumes" of jellyfish were found on seawater filter screens.

The units at Torness power station, on the coast near Dunbar in East Lothian, were closed down manually on Tuesday. The screens filter out debris in cooling water which enters the plant.

EDF Energy, which operates the plant, said the reactors were shut down as a precautionary measure and there was no danger to the public at any time.

An operation is under way to clear the jellyfish from the waters near the power station and the reactors will be restarted once their numbers have gone down.

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