Chemical Spill at Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant | weau

Prairie Island nuclear power plant

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A crew is working to clean up a chemical spill at Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant, near Red Wing, that prompted operators to declare an alert at 3:53 this morning.

The alert was declared after a plant worker reported a break in a 2-inch pipe going to a tank containing approximately 500 gallons of sodium hypochlorite, which is a type of chlorine bleach. The contents of the tank drained into a bermed area around the tank. There was no release of the chemical to the river. Plant officials expect the spill will be cleaned up by early this evening.

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