According to Dominion Energy spokesperson Ken Holt, the leak is being monitored by operators and has been confined to the containment building so as not to impact the surrounding environment.
“There is no danger to the public,” Holt said, the Post and Courier reported. “Although the small leak is not at a level that would require a plant shutdown, operators made the conservative decision to shut down the reactor to address the leak.”
Operators are actively working to “find and address any other impacted components,” Holt noted.
However, Holt did not provide any details on when the plant will be back in service, because that is “considered market-sensitive information.”
Nuclear safety watchdog Tom Clements expressed concern to The State that the Virginia-based power utility did not inform the public about the leak in an official statement; instead, Dominion Energy only confirmed the leak to the outlet after being questioned about it.
“They should have notified the public. With nuclear plants, it is essential that there be full openness about safety related issues,” Clements said.
However, Holt said that the company informed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about the leak and is not required to make any other public statements.