NEW INFORMATION: Notification of Unusual Event at Prairie Island plant terminated

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (XCEL ENERGY NEWS RELEASE) – Officials at the Prairie Island nuclear plant near Red Wing have terminated a Notification of Unusual Event.

The event was declared today at 2:18 p.m. Plant officials made the declaration due to the temporary failure of some security equipment. The equipment has been restored, and plant officials are evaluating the cause. Plant security was maintained throughout the event.

The declaration was terminated at 5:54 p.m. following a thorough assessment of plant conditions. That assessment confirmed there were no issues or conditions that warranted continuation of the declaration.

At no point was there any release of radioactive materials and there was no danger to the public or plant employees.

Plant operations were not affected by this event. Unit 1 remains off-line for its planned refueling outage. Unit 2 is operating safely at full power.

A Notification of Unusual Event declaration is the lowest of four emergency classifications established by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The declaration indicates a potential reduction in the level of safety at the plant but no threat to public safety. The declaration’s purpose is to have the plant’s operating staff reach a state of readiness for emergency response if necessary.

The Prairie Island nuclear plant is 28 miles southeast of Minneapolis-St. Paul and about six miles northwest of Red Wing. The plant’s two pressurized water reactors generate 1,076 megawatts of electricity. Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy owns and operates the plant.

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (WEAU) – A nuclear plant in Red Wing, MN has declared an “Unusual Event” at the facility this afternoon, but says there is no danger to plant employees or the public.

Crews at the Prairie Island nuclear plant made the announcement at about 2:20 p.m. Wednesday. Xcel Energy, which runs the plant, says it was because some security equipment had failed temporarily. No radioactive materials were released.

One of the two reactors is running at full power. The other is off-line, but that’s because of a scheduled refueling outage.

Xcel let federal, state and local agencies know about the declaration.

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (XCEL ENERGY NEWS RELEASE) – Officials at the Prairie Island nuclear plant near Red Wing declared a Notification of Unusual Event today at 2:18 p.m.

There was no release of radioactive materials and there is no danger to the public or plant employees.

Plant officials made the declaration due to the temporary failure of some security equipment. The equipment has been restored, and plant officials are evaluating the cause. Plant security was maintained throughout the event.

Unit 2 continues to operate at full power. Unit 1 remains off-line as part of a scheduled refueling outage.

Notification of Unusual Event declaration is the lowest of four emergency classifications established by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The declaration indicates a potential reduction in the level of safety at the plant, but no threat to public safety. The declaration’s purpose is to have the plant’s operating staff reach a state of readiness for emergency response if necessary.

The Prairie Island nuclear plant is 28 miles southeast of Minneapolis-St. Paul and about six miles northwest of Red Wing. The plant’s two pressurized water reactors generate 1,076 megawatts of electricity. Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy owns and operates the plant.

Xcel Energy has notified all appropriate federal, state and local officials of the event.

Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) is a major U.S. electricity and natural gas company with regulated operations in eight Western and Midwestern states. Xcel Energy provides a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity customers and 1.9 million natural gas customers through its regulated operating companies. Company headquarters are located in Minneapolis.


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