Alert at Farley Nuclear Plant in Dothan resolved

Published: Aug. 3, 2013 at 2:30 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 13, 2013 at 2:55 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - From Alabama Power:

The alert at the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant unit 1 has been safely 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.

Original story:

The Dothan/Houston County Emergency Management Agency and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency have been advised that an incident classified as an "ALERT" has been declared at the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Power Plant in Dothan. 

According to Alabama Power, which operates the plant, the alert was declared on unit 1 at 5:20 Saturday morning due to the release of carbon dioxide within the plant. The carbon dioxide release has been isolated.  At this point there is no danger to the public, according the Alabama Power.

According to Dothan EMA, there has been no radiation release so no protective actions are required at this time for the public's health and safety.

In a news release issued Saturday morning Alabama Power stated, "Units 1 and 2 continue to operate at 100 percent power. There is no release of radiation in progress associated with this event.    Carbon dioxide is an agent routinely used to mitigate fire hazards, however there was no indication of a fire on site. The carbon dioxide release has been isolated.  All site personnel have been accounted for and there are no accidents or injuries reported."

Members of the public should stay tuned to their radio and television for the latest information. Information is also available by calling 1-800-367-4020 or on the Alabama Power web site at

An alert is the second least serious of four nuclear plant emergency classifications assigned by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  This means that certain events could degrade or have degraded the level of safety at the power facility. 

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

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