Byron nuclear declares second "unusual event" - – Rockford’s News Leader

Byron nuclear declares second "unusual event"


A power loss at the Byron Nuclear Power Plant leads to another unusual event.


This is the second time in around a month that the unusual event classification has been given to an incident at the Byron Generating Station. It was declared after the facility lost power from an outside source.

"Its not related from the event last month, but its a very similar event to what as to an insulator breaking and losing offsite power," says Paul Dempsey, Communications Manager.

Residents may not have had the telltale signs of an event like last month's missing vapor plume or the roar of pressure being released manually.

Communications Manager Paul Dempsey still alerts public officials to prepare them for any questions or concerns from people in the community.

"When stuff like this happens, I have a number of different people that I will talk to including local mayors, local county board members and emergency responders to let them know what's going on in case they get questioned from their constituents."

Dempsey says there's no reason for people who live near the nuclear plant to be concerned. Plant employees are working to find and fix the problem.

"Its something we don't want to happen either. Its disappointing for us when something like this happens in this stretch. But it is good to know that our back up equipment functioned as its designed to."

Much like the last unusual event when power was lost at the site the facility responded as it should. Diesel generators kick in to provide electricity needed to the first unit.

"Although we don't want to test our safety systems like this they have responded well so it shows a lot of good progress for our equipment reliability programs and for the maintenance that we do on this equipment."

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