Fire at nuclear power unit leads to unusual event declaration

Palo Verde nuclear power plant Arizona Public Service Co fire main feed pump unit NRC LADWP SCE PNM

An unusual event was declared Sept. 2 at the Palo Verde nuclear power plant in Arizona after workers found a fire in a main feed pump for Unit 2.

A security officer first noticed smoke y the “A” train main feed pump. A worker found a fire on lagging behind the main standard pump. The fire was put out about 30 minutes later, but re-flashed twice during removal of the lagging.

The unusual event was terminated Sept. 3 and the main feed pump is up and running. Plant operator Arizona Public Service told the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission that there was no danger to the public or to workers at the plant. The plant is owned by APS, the Salt River Project, Public Service Co. of New Mexico, El Paso Electric, Southern California Public Power Authority, Southern California Edison and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

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