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Updated Sep 3, 2013 - 8:06 am

Insulation catches fire at Arizona nuclear plant

PHOENIX — The operator of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in
Arizona declared an unusual event late Monday when insulation behind a pump
caught fire.

The fire did not interrupt power production at the three-reactor plant located
50 miles west of downtown Phoenix and Arizona Public Service Co. said the plant
is running normally Tuesday.

An unusual event is the lowest of four emergency levels for nuclear power
plants.

APS told the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission that there was no release of
radioactive material and no threat to public health or safety.

According to APS’ notice, Palo Verde firefighters responded when a security
guard spotted smoke in a turbine area of Unit 2. The fire was declared out 45
minutes later.

Cause of the fire is under investigation.

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