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Limerick Nuclear Plant Reports ‘Unusual Event’ After Earthquake, Operating Normal

LIMERICK, Pa. (CBS) — Everything is operating normally at the Limerick Nuclear Power Plant in Montgomery County in the wake of the earthquake that shook the Philadelphia region Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly after the quake, Limerick declared what’s called an “unusual event.” That’s the terminology used by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the nuclear power industry. Plant spokesman Joe Szafran says the two reactors are operating safely at full power.

“We always have procedures in place for these types of events like the procedure that we are running through now is specifically for seismic activity, so we pull out of this binder, we run down what do we need to do, who do we need to call,” said Szafran.

A preliminary inspection of the equipment indicated that everything seemed to be okay, but engineers and plant officials will continue to monitor the equipment just in case any aftershocks shake the Philadelphia region.

Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio

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One Comment

  1. James Aach says:

    As the article notes, an Unusual Event is the lowest of the four Emergency Action Levels in the US nuclear industry and can (and is, on occasion) declared for a variety of natural and man-made events. FYI: This is discussed in my free novel “Rad Decision”. I’ve worked in the US nuclear industry over twenty years. Lay readers have commented on how helpful the book is for understanding the latest nuclear events such as Fukushima. Rad Decision is free online, just Google the title. There are no ads, and no sponsors (and no $$ for me).

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