Operators at the Exelon (NYSE:EXC) Dresden nuclear power plant in Illinois quickly extinguished a small fire on a pump early June 27.
The fire lasted three minutes, was contained to the pump and did not affect the safe operation of the plant, Exelon said in a news release.
The station’s two operating boiling water reactor (BWR) units can produce more than 1,800 MW. Both reactors remain at full power.
Operators promptly identified and extinguished the fire and no offsite assistance was necessary. An “Alert” was declared and later terminated as required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). An Alert is the second lowest of four emergency classifications established by the NRC. It was declared at 10:50 a.m. and terminated at 1:19 p.m.
Dresden Generating Station is located about 60 miles southwest of Chicago.