Lightning strike knocks out off-site power at Illinois nuke; plant’s two units were on emergency diesel generators overnight

The Associated Press reported on Thursday, April 18:

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a lightning strike knocked out power to a northern Illinois nuclear plant for several hours Wednesday night, but emergency generators kicked in to keep the site running.

Exelon Generation says it believes lightning hit a substation that carries electricity to and from its LaSalle Generating Station. Both reactors shut down as a safety precaution, and diesel generators continued to power plant equipment.

According to the NRC, LaSalle ended the Unusual Event Thursday morning. Exelon says both units will remain off-line “until appropriate safety checks and procedures are completed.”

Here’s a link: http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=9070675

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About Robert Singleton

By day, I work for a call center. In my spare time, I try to save my hometown (and planet) from a nearly constant onslaught of greedheads, lunatics and land developers. I live in a fictional town called Austin, Texas, where I go to way too many meetings.
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