Electrical damage sets off alert at Brunswick Nuclear Plant

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SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY)  Officials at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant declared an alert today due to damage in an electrical panel.

It happened just before 1:30 p.m. A spokesman said the alert was downgraded to an Unusual Event classification at 5:30 p.m. as plant operators realigned plant equipment.

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Operators safely shut down unit 1. Unit 2 continues to operate at 100 % power.

The spokesman said all appropriate federal, state and local officials were notified, and Brunswick plant emergency response facilities were staffed. There was no impact to the health and safety of the public or employees.

An Unusual Event is the lowest of four nuclear emergency classifications. This classification describes a condition or event that is outside of normal plant operations, but poses no threat to public safety.

An Alert is the second in increasing significance of four nuclear emergency classifications. This classification is used to describe conditions that require emergency response agencies to be in a heightened state of readiness, but pose no threat to public safety.

The Brunswick Nuclear Plant is a two-unit power plant located near Southport, N.C. The plant has a generating capacity of 1,870 megawatts. Brunswick’s unit 2 began commercial operation in 1975 and unit 1 in 1977.