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Ill. nuke plant loses partial power

Jan. 30, 2012 at 5:42 PM

BYRON, Ill., Jan. 30 (UPI) -- A low-level emergency was declared Monday at the Byron nuclear generating station near Rockford, Ill., because of a partial power loss.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Region III spokeswoman Viktoria Mitlyng said two diesel generators are running at the facility, which lost power to its 1,136-megawatt unit, one of two at the site. The second unit, a 1,164-megawatt unit, was operating at full power, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Mitlyng said workers at the Exelon Corp. plant about two hours northwest of Chicago reported seeing smoke from a transformer following the outage. No fire was found.

Steam was released from the plant and was being monitored for tritium levels, fire officials said.

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