Emergency declared at U.S. nuclear plant after gas leak — “Event poses no threat to public safety”

Published: February 26th, 2013 at 7:00 pm ET
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WECT TV6, Feb 26, 2013 at 6:39p ET: Operators at Brunswick Nuclear Plant [near Wilmington, North Carolina] declared an Unusual Event Tuesday, according to a news release. The event poses no threat to public safety, and is the lowest of four emergency classifications from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Crews stopped a Freon leak from an HVAC chiller on the roof of one of the plant’s turbine buildings. [...]

NRC: Emergency Classification: An Emergency Classification is a set of plant conditions which indicate a level of risk to the public. [...] Notification of Unusual Event – Under this category, events are in process or have occurred which indicate potential degradation in the level of safety of the plant. No release of radioactive material requiring offsite response or monitoring is expected unless further degradation occurs [...]

Also at Brunswick: Another U.S. nuclear worker found dead -- Third death at nuke plant this month

Published: February 26th, 2013 at 7:00 pm ET
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