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. Receive
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