News Release Issued: August 24, 2011 12:46 PM EDT
Alert Ends at North Anna Power Station
RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Dominion ended the Alert at its North Anna Power Station near Mineral, Va., at 11:16 a.m. today after starting a reactor cooling pump for each of the two units. The reactors were cooled by natural circulation and emergency pumps while the reactor coolant pumps were not operating.
The station remains in a Notification of Unusual Event (NOUE), the least serious of four Nuclear Regulatory Commission emergency classifications, while the reactor cool-down and inspections of plant equipment and systems continues.
The station’s two nuclear reactors shut down following an earthquake near the station that occurred at 1:51 p.m. EDT Tuesday. The reactors shut down automatically and no damage has been reported to systems required to maintain the station in a safe condition. Several aftershocks felt in the region did not affect the station.
Dominion (NYSE: D), headquartered in Richmond, Va., is one of the nation’s largest producers of energy. For more information about Dominion, visit the company’s Web site at www.dom.com.
News Media Advisory:
The Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Emergency Management and Dominion Generation have established a Joint Information Center in the auditorium of the Innsbrook Technical Center. This center is located at 5000 Dominion Blvd. in Glen Allen, Va. Official statements regarding the emergency will be issued at the Joint Information Center. The company will continue to report details about developments at the plant as soon as they are available.