Reports of smoke inside a nuclear power facility near Moline, Ill., on Wednesday prompted a partial shutdown of the plant and an alert from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, though federal officials said no injuries or abnormal releases of radioactive material have occurred.
Operators at the Quad Cities power plant, a western Illinois commercial facility operated by Exelon Generation Co., reported smoke in a plant turbine building shortly before 2 p.m., according to a statement from the NRC.
Officials said there were indications of damage to safety-related electrical equipment, which prompted responses from the plant’s fire brigade and the local fire department.
One of the units in the two-unit plant was shut down, the NRC said, while the second unit continues to operate at full power. Regulatory commission inspectors are at the site to observe the plant’s actions from the control room.
“The NRC’s primary concern right now is to make sure the public is protected and that the plant operator is taking swift and appropriate action to continue to maintain plant safety,” the regulatory agency said. “Once the situation is resolved, the NRC will fully inspect the cause of and contributing factors to the event.”