Farley Nuclear Plant


The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has named a new resident inspector at the Farley Nuclear Plant in southeast Alabama.

Kenneth Miller is taking over the job at the Southern Nuclear Operating plant near Columbia. Miller previously worked as an inspector at TVA's Watts Bar plant in Tennessee.

Each U.S. nuclear plant has at least two resident inspectors, and Miller joins another senior resident inspector at Farley.

Resident inspectors are based in plants to conduct inspections, monitor large projects and provide general government oversight.


Federal regulators are conducting a special inspection at Farley Nuclear Plant in southeast Alabama following an electrical failure earlier this month.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a two-member team will assess the plant, which is located at Columbia along the Chattahoochee River.

The NRC says the failure occurred during testing on electrical circuits on the plant's Unit 2 reactor.

The circuits that failed would start cooling equipment during an accident at the plant, but regulators say backup systems were available.


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.

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An official with Alabama Power Co. said accounting procedures approved by the state's utility regulatory board will allow rates to remain the same through 2013.

The Public Service Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to allow Alabama Power to spread out some costs over several years, including complying with federal mandates for enhanced security at the Farley Nuclear Plant.

Alabama Power vice president Nick Sellers said that should keep rates flat during the coming year.