Saturday, August 3, 2013

Alabama nuclear power plant declares alert status

The Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant near Dothan, Ala. declared “an alert” at 6:20 a.m. EDT on Saturday due to the release of carbon dioxide within the plant. Alabama Power Company, the facility's owner, said the carbon dioxide release has been isolated. Carbon dioxide is an agent routinely used to mitigate fire hazards, however there was no indication of a fire on site.

An alert is the second least serious of four nuclear plant emergency classifications assigned by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission,” the company said in a press release. “At this point there is no danger to the public. Appropriate federal, state and local officials have been notified.

The facility's Units 1 and 2 continue to operate at 100 percent power. There is no release of radiation in progress associated with this event. 
All site personnel have been accounted for and there are no accidents or injuries reported."

Alabama Power said additional details will be announced as they become available. Members of the public should stay tuned to their radio and television for the latest information.

Plant Farley, a two-unit electric generating plant, is owned by Alabama Power Company and operated by Southern Nuclear Operating Company. Both are subsidiaries of Southern Company.

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