Safety Systems Kick in at Nuke

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 05:01 PM gHale


Safety systems worked just as they should have at the Wolf Creek nuclear power plant after the facility shut down because of a loss of power.

Both of the plant’s emergency diesel generators automatically started, supplying power to all safety-related equipment.

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“The safety features of the plant responded as they should, and station operators have ensured that the plant is in a safe condition. Our well-trained staff is responding to the situation with efficiency and professionalism,” said Matt Sunseri, president and chief executive at the Burlington, KS, plant.

However, due to the power loss, Wolf Creek declared a notification of unusual event or NUE. A NUE is the least serious of four emergency classifications according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Plant personnel are continuing to investigate the cause of the failure, which includes determining the necessary repairs. Once the repairs are complete, plant operators can begin restarting the plant.



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