Bird poop apparently caused NY nuclear reactor outage

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The operator of a nuclear power plant outside New York City says bird poop was the likely cause of a December shutdown.

The Indian Point reactor safely shut down for three days starting Dec. 14 following an electrical disturbance on outdoor high voltage transmission lines.

New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. says an outside expert is analyzing whether what's technically called bird "streaming" was the culprit. In a report to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission last month, the company says the automatic reactor shutdown was apparently from bird feces that caused an electric arc between wires on a feeder line at a transmission tower.

Plant managers told the NRC they were revising preventive maintenance for additional inspection and cleaning and installing bird guards on transmission towers.


This story has been corrected to show the outage lasted three days, not one.