BRIDGMAN, Mich., June 14, 2002 — American Electric Power has completed the recovery from a switchyard fire at its Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant, ending Alert status at 11:54 p.m. Wednesday when equipment affected by the fire was restored.
The worker who suffered minor injuries was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated and released.
At 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, equipment failure in the Unit 1 345 KV switchyard resulted in a fire and activation of the Cook Emergency Plan at the Alert level. The fire, which resulted from the failure of a switchyard current transformer, was brought under control by 2:30 p.m. by the site fire brigade.
The Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant is a two-unit, 2,110 megawatt plant located in Bridgman, Mich. Unit 2 was at 100 percent power during the Alert and Unit 1, which is returning to full power after a refueling outage, was at 68 percent. American Electric Power is a multinational energy company based in Columbus, Ohio.
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