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OYSTER CREEK SHUT DOWN DUE TO VALVE PROBLEM

 OYSTER CREEK SHUT DOWN DUE TO VALVE PROBLEM
 FORKED RIVER, N.J., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Operators have shut down


the reactor at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in order to repair an air valve that failed to pass a routine test late yesterday, it was announced today.
 The shutdown began at about 6 p.m. yesterday and operators said they expect to bring the reactor to a full cold shutdown by noon today. The faulty air valve will then be inspected to determine the cause of the failure, after which it will be repaired or replaced.
 The valve is one of two large air valves used to control pressure levels between the primary containment structure and the reactor building. The second valve is operational. However, plant procedures require that both valves be fully operational for the plant to remain on line.
 Plant operators also are using this opportunity to make some other minor repairs and inspections that can only be done while the reactor is shut down.
 The repairs will be made over the weekend. And plant operators said they expect to restart the reactor and come back on line generating electricity next week.
 Local, state and federal officials have been notified of the plant shutdown.
 Oyster Creek is owned by Jersey Central Power & Light and operated by GPU Nuclear.
 -0- 11/1/91
 /Editors: This is GPU Nuclear Oyster Creek news release No. 30-91-OC/
 /CONTACT: Keith Bromery of GPU Nuclear, 609-971-4048/ CO: Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station ST: New Jersey IN: UTI SU: KA-MK -- PH007 -- 0138 11/01/91 10:39 EST
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