CORDOVA, Ill. — Quad Cities operators identified and quickly extinguished a small flame coming from a control panel indicator light Wednesday evening. The candle-sized flame was extinguished within minutes and it did not present a risk to plant operations or public safety. Technicians will inspect and replace the light bulb and socket before returning the indicator light to service.
Because the brief flame was reported in a vital area of the plant, operators were required to declare an “Alert” in accordance with very stringent Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) policies. An Alert is the second lowest of four emergency classifications established by the NRC. It was declared at 7:38 p.m. and terminated at 11:36 p.m.
Quad Cities Generating Station is located approximately three miles north of Cordova, Ill. on Illinois Route 84 in Rock Island County. The station’s two reactors can produce more than 1,900 megawatts of carbon-free electricity – enough to power more than a million homes and businesses.