Nuclear Watch: Backup generators kick in after shutdown at Exelon’s Byron plant

Posted on January 30, 2012

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By Julie Wernau Tribune reporter1:56 p.m. CST, January 30, 2012

Backup diesel generators are supplying power to Byron nuclear power plant after the plant lost power this morning.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission classified the event as an “unusual,” the lowest of four levels of the agency’s emergency classification system.

Viktoria Mitlyng, spokeswoman for the NRC’s Region III office Lisle, said one of two units at the plant — a 1,136 megawatt nuclear unit — was automatically shut down and is stable.

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