Bird poop apparently caused N.Y. nuclear reactor outage
Albany, N.Y. — 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.