Nuclear plant transformer smokes; officials say reactor is fine

by Wally Northway

Published: May 13,2013

PORT GIBSON — Officials say a transformer at the Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Plant near Port Gibson emitted smoke on Sunday but the reactor was not in danger.

Entergy Nuclear spokesman Mike Bowling says the incident was reported shortly before 5:45 p.m. It was resolved about 90 minutes later. No injuries were reported.

Grand Gulf officials termed it an “unusual event,” the lowest of the four emergency classifications.

Bowling says the transformer provided power to temporary buildings and offices, and that the power plant wasn’t affected.

He says the transformer was installed during a recent power upgrade.

Bowling says the event was reported as required to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Grand Gulf has operated since 1985. Entergy Nuclear jointly owns the plant with Entergy’s Arkansas, Louisiana and New Orleans subsidiaries.

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