Fermi 2 Power Plant shuts down; Alert declared

Jun 06, 2010, 08:54 ET from DTE Energy

NEWPORT, Mich., June 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Fermi 2 Power Plant automatically shut down at 2:38 a.m. today, when strong thunderstorms blowing through the area affected one of two offsite power feeds to the plant.  The plant is designed to automatically shut down as a precaution when one of those power feeds is interrupted.   The plant operated exactly as designed during the shutdown and is in a safe, stable condition.  These events led plant operators to declare an Unusual Event, the lowest of four emergency classifications, at 2:53 a.m.  The second offsite power feed is still sending power to the plant.  All safety systems are functioning at the plant.

In addition, operators declared an Alert, the second lowest emergency classification, at 4:17 a.m. today.  The Alert was declared based on potential physical damage to a building inside the plant's Protected Area.  Siding on a plant building appears to have blown off during the storm, but plant personnel are investigating now.  Fermi 2 will remain in the Alert status until all areas of the plant are fully examined.