Date / time: 14/12/2006 04:12:59
Event: Nuclear Event
State/County: Pennsylvania State
Number of Deads: None or unknow
Number of Injured: None or unknow
Damage level: Minor
A problem with the offsite power supply might be to blame for the automatic shutdown of Three Mile Island in Dauphin County this evening. Shortly after the Unit 1 reactor shutdown, the plant notified its U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspector who was heading to TMI, said Diane Screnci, commission spokeswoman. “There is no emergency condition, and the plant is stable,” said Ralph DeSantis, a TMI spokesman. “There were no injuries.” The plant has staffed its command center, whose job it is to run a root-cause analysis to discover the source of the shutdown, DeSantis said. This evening's shutdown marks the second time TMI Unit 1's reactor powered down unexpectedly in less than two months. On Nov. 2, an equipment problem led to an automatic shutdown of the plant.