Alert terminated at Plant Farley
The Alert at Farley Nuclear Plant was terminated Nov. 1 at 11:40 p.m. CT.
It was declared Nov. 1 at 5:43 p.m. CT because ammonia vapors were detected within a vital area in Unit 1. The leak was later identified as coming from a valve in the auxiliary building.
There was no radioactive release and no employees were injured. Plant employees not involved in the Alert were released.
Unit 1 is in a planned refueling outage. Unit 2 continued operating at 100 percent power.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) as well as state and local agencies were notified of the declaration.
Trained personnel coordinated with federal, state and local officials to address the situation.
Alabama Power’s top priority is the safety of the public and our employees. We are committed to the safe operation of our nuclear generating facility with equipment and systems that meet strict NRC safety and design regulations.
For details about Southern Nuclear’s emergency response plan, local residents can refer to their Plant Farley 2016 emergency calendar. The calendar is also available at http://www.southerncompany.com/about-us/our-business/southern-nuclear/pdfs/Emergency_Info_Farley.pdf
Plant Farley, a two-unit electric generating plant located near Dothan, Ala., is operated by Southern Nuclear and owned by Alabama Power Company.