Southern Co. reports alert at Plant Farley is resolved

The alert at the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant Unit 1 has been resolved as of 11:10 a.m. CT. The plant declared an alert on unit 1 at 5:20 a.m. CT due to the inadvertent release of carbon dioxide from a fire suppression system during maintenance activities.

Plant personnel safely isolated the carbon dioxide and verified that there was no impact to plant equipment. There were no injuries to personnel and there was no danger to the public, according to Southern Co.

An alert is the second least serious of four nuclear plant emergency classifications assigned by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). There is no danger to the public. Appropriate federal, state and local officials have been notified.

Units 1 and 2 continued to operate safely at 100 percent power. There was no release of radiation.

Plant Farley, a two-unit electric generating plant located near Dothan, Ala, is owned by Alabama Power Co. and operated by Southern Nuclear Operating Co. Both are subsidiaries of Southern Co.

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