A security supervisor at Xcel Energy's Prairie Island nuclear power plant was fired after he was caught faking a drug test urine sample, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says. The deception was uncovered when a test technician noticed the sample cup did not feel warm, the NRC said in an agency report that was not released until Tuesday -- two years after the incident.
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NRC signs deal to work with Prairie Island tribe
Federal nuclear regulatory officials and Prairie Island Indian Community have agreed to cooperate on some issues as the agency considers how to deal with the high-level nuclear waste that has been piling up for years at Xcel Energy’s nuclear plant in Red Wing. Nuclear plants nationwide have been storing their own spent-fuel waste as long-discussed plans for a national waste repository have stalled.
Security breach at Prairie Island nuclear plant called "low to moderate significance"
Regulators say a security violation at Xcel Energy's nuclear plant near Red Wing was spotted during an October inspection and was corrected then. They won't reveal the details of the violation but say follow-up inspections are planned.
Xcel Energy looks into 'unusual event' at Prairie Island nuclear plant
Officials at the Prairie Island nuclear power plant are investigating what it calls an "unusual event" after a piece of security equipment failed Wednesday afternoon, according to a news release. Xcel Energy said no radioactive material was released during the incident and there is no danger to the public or its workers.
Prairie Island nuclear reactor worries tribe
The Prairie Island Indian community says the failure of two backup generators at the Prairie Island nuclear plant is "very troubling," the Rochester Post Bulletin reports. Xcel Energy shut down one of its two reactors at the plant near Red Wing on Tuesday. Xcel assured no radiation was released.
Xcel Energy drops plan to upgrade Prairie Island nuclear power plant
Xcel Energy says spending nearly $240 million to boost the power output at its Prairie Island nuclear plant near Red Wing is no longer a beneficial deal for customers, the Star Tribune reports. The Minneapolis-based utility first raised questions with regulators about the $310 million upgrade in March.
Prairie Island plant official maintains radioactive water leaks pose 'no risk'
Water leaks containing radioactive tritium and other chemicals from the Prairie Island Nuclear Power Plant pose 'no risk' according to a plant spokesman. The Red Wing Republican Eagle reports some 4,000 gallons of contaminated water have leaked from the facility since November. Officials say they reported the leaks to state and federal officials.
Prairie Island nuclear plant sounds alert after chlorine leak
Officials at the plant say no radioactive material escaped and the public is in no danger after chlorine bleach leaked from a tank inside the facility. Schools in Prescott and Ellsworth delayed classes as a precaution.
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