This is only a test: Monticello nuclear plant incident scheduled for today - Bring Me The News

This is only a test: Monticello nuclear plant incident scheduled for today


Don't get nervous if you see official vehicles and law enforcement cruisers swarming the Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant on Tuesday.

ECM Publishers warns readers that the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and other state and county agencies will respond to a simulated emergency Tuesday. Simulated.

The exercise tests the capabilities of the authorities to respond in the event of an actual emergency, then evaluate their response. Included in the drill are the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management; Sherburne and Wright county agencies and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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Monticello nuclear plant shuts down

Xcel Energy says its Monticello nuclear power plant automatically shut down at 11:07 a.m. Tuesday, but officials aren't sure why and a cause is being investigated, the Pioneer Press reports. All plant safety systems were functioning, officials with the Minneapolis-based utility said. The shutdown posed no danger to the public or workers, Xcel officials said. The plant is not expected to be down long.

Monticello nuclear plant powers down

A transformer lockout at the Monticello nuclear power plant prompted an automatic shutdown Friday afternoon. Xcel Energy says the malfunction interrupted non-safety-related power, but that all safety systems functioned as designed.

Meeting set to examine Monticello nuclear plant's safety performance

The safety performance of the nuclear plant in Monticello will be the subject of a public meeting Tuesday set by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The NRC found that the Monticello plant, owned by Xcel Energy, operated safely in 2011. The agency will also discuss its reaction to the Fukushima Daiichi disaster in Japan, including increased inspections at U.S. nuclear plants.