Saturday, August 3, 2013

Alert at Alabama nuclear plant 'safely resolved'

The alert at the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant unit 1 has been safely resolved as of 12:10 p.m. EDT, according to the plant's owner, Alabama Power Company. The plant declared an alert on unit 1 at 6:20 a.m. EDT on Saturday due to the inadvertent release of carbon dioxide from a fire suppression system during maintenance activities.

Plant personnel safely isolated the carbon dioxide and verified that there was no impact to plant equipment,” Alabama Power said in a press statement. “There were no injuries to personnel and there was no danger to the public.”

An alert is the second least serious of four nuclear plant emergency classifications assigned by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Units 1 and 2 continued to operate safely at 100 percent power. "There was no release of radiation," the company added.

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

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