South Texas Project Reactor OK After Smoke Fills Computer Room

A computer room filled with smoke at the South Texas Project nuclear plant near Houston Saturday. The fire triggered a brief unusual event declaration but did not cause any damage necessitating a shutdown.

Unit 1 declared the unusual event – the lowest of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's emergency classifications – just after 4 a.m. The fire set off an alarm and activated the computer room's Halon fire suppression system, according to a report filed with the NRC and released Tuesday. On-site firefighters found no visible flames. The fire was declared to be under control at 4:12 a.m.; and firefighters confirmed it was completely extinguished by 4:46 a.m.

An update to the NRC from the plant later that morning terminated the unusual event just before 10 a.m. At that point, crews were working to restore the affected fire protection systems and repair damaged equipment. The reactor did not shut down, and both units at the plant remained at full power as of Tuesday, according to the NRC.

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