Dominion declares ‘alert’ due to fire at Millstone nuclear station

Dominion Generation declared an Alert at its Millstone Power Station Unit 3 in Waterford, Conn. today.

The company declared an Alert at the station at 11:33 a.m for Unit 3.  Federal, state and local officials have been notified.  An Alert emergency is the next to least serious of four emergency categories in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s rating system.

The emergency was declared because of a fire in the Unit 3 backup diesel generator. The fire quickly burned out.  

No release of radioactive material has occurred as a result of this event.  Minor releases associated with normal plant operations pose no danger to the public or plant workers. These minor releases are below federally approved operating limits, below natural background levels and can not be detected at the site boundary.

Millstone Unit 3 continues to operate normally at 100% power and Millstone Unit 1 remains in its decommissioned state.  Unit 2 is in a routine refueling outage.

Dominion Generation is a unit of Dominion (NYSE: D), headquartered in Richmond, Va., one of the nation’s largest producers of energy.  For more information about Dominion, visit the company’s web site at