News Flash Home
The original item was published from 5/30/2023 2:24:26 PM to 5/30/2023 2:36:52 PM.

News Flash

Home - News Carousel

Posted on: May 30, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Notice of Unusual Event at Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant

Aerial view of Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant

For Immediate Release

Contact: Travis Bray
Police Captain
Red Wing Police Department
Office of Emergency Management

(May 30th, 2023, Red Wing, MN) – Xcel Energy has provided the following information regarding an Incident at the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant (PINGP) on 05/27/2023.

  • Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant Operators declared a Notification of Unusual Event (NUE) at 6:34 p.m. CDT on 05/27/2023. The Plant was clear of the event at 11:04 p.m. the same day.
  • Operators made the notification after an external transformer malfunctioned, triggering a fire alarm at Plant Unit 2 that could not be verified within 15 minutes. Operators confirmed there was no fire. The transformer malfunction caused the site's Unit 2 to shut down automatically. Unit 1 continues to operate normally. Both Units are in stable condition. Xcel Energy customers' electric service is not expected to be impacted by this event. Operators will investigate and resolve any issues with the transformer before returning Unit 2 to service
  • A Notification of Unusual Event (NUE) is the lowest of four emergency classifications established by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The declaration indicates a potential reduction in Plant safety levels but no threat to public safety. The declaration's purpose is to have the Plants operating staff reach a state of readiness for emergency response if necessary.

At 6:47 p.m. (5/27/23), Plant staff notified the City of Red Wing Emergency Manager (E.M.) of the NUE. No assistance or additional resources were requested by Xcel staff at that time. At 11:10 p.m. (5/27/23), the City of Red Wing E.M. was notified the NUE had been terminated.

The City of Red Wing is dedicated to creating a sustainable, healthy, accessible, resilient, and equitable community where every person feels at home.

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Home - News Carousel