Byron Station Unusual Event Update
BYRON, Ill. (January 30, 2012) - Byron Station's Unit 2 remained off line this evening due the loss of offsite power. The plant is in a safe and stable condition with no impact to public safety.
The station remains under an Unusual Event classification. The Unusual Event is the lowest of the four emergency classifications as established the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Plant officials believe the loss of offsite power to the facility was caused by a failed piece of equipment in the station's switchyard, which is similar to a large substation that delivers power from the plant to the grid. The investigation into the equipment failure continues.
Byron's Unit 1 continues supplying electricity and is not impacted.
Byron Generating Station is in Ogle County, Ill., about 25 miles southwest of Rockford.