Nuclear Plant in Maryland Reportedly 'Safe and Secure' After Sustaining Damage From Hurricane Irene

Posted on August 29, 2011

Constellation EnergyNBC Washington reports that the the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plant Unit 1 in Lusby, Maryland is "safe and secure" despite sustaining damage to its electrical system during Hurricane Irene.

Constellation Energy Nuclear Group (CENG) said in a statement that the plant automatically went off line late Saturday after a piece of aluminum siding - propelled by wind gusts from the hurricane - slammed into the nuclear facility's main transformer.

CEMG says all safety systems operated as designed when Unit 1 automatically went off line. CENG declared an Unusual Event (UE) at 11:02 p.m. Saturday. Nuclear power plants are required by law to report these events. CEMG says a UE is the lowest of four emergency classifications established by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

CEMG says a review of the grounds at the Calvert Cliffs facility indicated that a gust of wind from Hurricane Irene dislodged a piece of aluminum siding from a building, and the siding then struck the main transformer.

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