Fire at Quad Cities Nuclear Generating Station – Cordova, IL
Nuclear Event in USA on Thursday, 03 April, 2014 at 03:44 (03:44 AM) UTC.
North-America – USA | State of Illinois, Cordova, Quad Cities Nuclear Generating Station
Location: N 41° 43.583, W 90° 18.600
Three hours after a possible fire put the Cordova nuclear plant on alert, station officials were evaluating whether to terminate the emergency status. Workers at Exelon Nuclear’s Quad-Cities Generating Station noticed smoke in a turbine building in Unit 2 at 1:40 p.m. Plant spokesman Bill Stoermer said on-site firefighters handled the possible electrical short “within seconds.” By late afternoon, officials announced they were deciding whether to lift the alert. “There was no danger to the public whatsoever,” Stoermer said. Officials think the incident was limited to smoke, not fire. Some employees were evacuated from the unit, he said, and no one was injured. The plant is about 25 miles north of Moline. The reactor had been taken offline Monday night to replace a valve on the control-rod drive system, and it was in the process of being brought back into service when the incident occurred Wednesday. It was safely shut down after the incident. Viktoria Mitlyng, a spokeswoman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Region 3 headquarters in Lisle, Ill., said the alert was declared “due to there was smoke, maybe a small fire in the turbine building. It was not the reactor building.” An alert is the second level in a four-level emergency declaration system, she said. The declaration stems from the fact that “some of the electrical equipment that provides power to the safety equipment … were no longer available because they were damaged.” As a result of the alert, the NRC has opened its Incident Response Center in Lisle, staffed by NRC electrical engineers, nuclear engineers and safety specialists. Also, NRC resident inspectors are monitoring the situation from the plant’s control room.
Source: RSOE EDIS