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Sat August 3, 2013

Ala. Nuclear Plant Ends Alert Over CO2 Leak

Alabama Power has lifted an alert caused by a carbon dioxide leak at a nuclear power plant.
Alabama Power has lifted an alert caused by a carbon dioxide leak at a nuclear power plant.
Credit nrc.gov

Alabama Power has lifted an alert caused by a carbon dioxide leak at a nuclear power plant.

The utility said the alert was lifted Saturday at 11:10 a.m., about five hours after it was first declared.

Alabama Power spokesman Ike Pigott said the carbon dioxide release was detected in an auxiliary building of the Unit 1 reactor at Plant Farley. The leak was then contained.

It appears the gas came from a fire suppression system, though no fires were detected. Pigott said the volume of gas was equivalent to what might be released from a large fire extinguisher.

Both reactors continued operating normally. No other equipment failures were reported. No radiation was released.