MINNEAPOLIS - 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