Duke Energy officials say they were able to restore power to a York County nuclear reactor early Thursday morning, a few hours after it was shut down due to a loss of offsite power.
Duke Energy says backup generators were able to safely shut down the reactor at Catawba Nuclear Station after it lost offsite power.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Roger Hannah said the agency is in “monitoring” mode right now to see how Duke addresses the problem. He said no radiation was released and the public was never in danger.
“There were no complications. The safety equipment all started as it was supposed to and the diesel generators were able to supply all those systems so that the plant was able to shut down safely,” he told South Carolina Radio Network.
He said on-site inspectors will look to see what caused the outage and how Duke responded to it.
Duke classified the outage as an “unusual event emergency,” the lowest of its emergency levels.