U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operators of the Prairie Island nuclear plant in Red Wing have shut down a unit because of a fire alarm. Xcel Energy says there’s no indication of a fire, but Unit 2 was taken off line about 4 a.m. Thursday so investigators can determine why the alarm was tripped.
An investigation by Minnesota utility regulators blames Xcel Energy Inc. for major cost overruns during a project to upgrade its nuclear plant in Monticello. Xcel disagrees that it’s to blame. Reports say experts hired by Minnesota utility regulators found Xcel managers didn’t fully plan for the job and didn’t have adequate oversight.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is monitoring an “unusual event” at the Prairie Island Nuclear Power Plant.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is conducting a special inspection of the Monticello nuclear power plant.