NRC Sends Team to Alabama Nuclear Plant

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday it is sending a team of inspectors to investigate the failures of electrical breakers in a cooling system at the Farley nuclear plant.

NRC spokesman Roger Hannah said the failures, which happened last week, were quickly repaired. But, he said, the NRC decided to send an inspection team because similar failures have occurred in the past.

Hannah said there has been no immediate danger to the public as a result of the failures at the plant, operated by a division of Atlanta-based Southern Co. He also said they were not related to an earlier valve problem at the plant.

The Farley plant is operated by Southern Nuclear Operating Company. Alyson Fuqua, a company spokeswoman, said Southern Nuclear welcomes the NRC's help in identifying and repairing the problem.

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