Prairie Island Nuke ‘Unusual Event’

Monday, November 5, 2012 @ 10:11 AM gHale

After security equipment failed, Xcel Energy Inc.’s Prairie Island nuclear plant near Red Wing, MN, declared an “unusual event.”

The Minneapolis-based utility said the event happened around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday and was declared over just before 6 p.m.

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Xcel said there was no release of radioactive material and there was no danger to the public or plant employees.

Plant officials made the declaration after some security equipment temporarily failed. Workers restored the equipment, and plant officials are investigating the cause. The plant maintained security during the event.

Xcel said it notified federal, state and local officials. The declaration is the lowest of four emergency classifications.

Prairie Island’s Unit 2 continues to operate at full power. Unit 1 remains offline has part of a scheduled refueling outage.

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