Paylo Nuclear Reactor Shut down? (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) : LUSENET : Grassroots Information Coordination Center (GICC) : One Thread

I just heard from a friend of mine....that he heard a radio news report that the Paylo (spelling?) nuclear reactor, just north of Cedar Rapids, Iowa....was shut down yesterday (Thursday) and taken off-line as a precautionary measure....after an alarm went off. He mentioned something about a monitoring system... but no immediate threat to public safety.

He then said a later news report either denied, or minimized the situation....but he is certain the earlier radio report said it was shut down, and perhaps...perhaps...was Y2K related.

If anyone has any more information on this, it would be much appreciated. He emphasized there was no immediate threat, but that the plant was shut down as a precautionary measure, since there was adequate power available, and that no one wanted (or needed) to take any chances...which under the circumstances, makes sense....just to be safe.

That's as much as I know at the moment....would appreciate any clarification from anyone who might have information on this incident. He said he was absolutely certain that he heard the first radio report...but was surprised there little, or no further mention of it on the news later that day.

That's it for now...if I find out any more of this, I'll forward the information to you. Likewise if you hear anything.


Steve Meyers
Global Strategies Project

-- Steve Meyers (, January 07, 2000


Iowa's only nuclear power plant to suddenly shut down

Not Y2K Related?

Palo - A drop in pressure is apparently what caused Iowa's only nuclear power plant to suddenly shut down. It happened Wednesday afternoon at the Duane Arnold Energy Center in Palo. A spokesperson for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a shutdown like this isn't a common occurance, but it happens occasionally at all plants. The plant's owner, Alliant Energy, says the shutdown came unexpectedly, but the automatic safety systems performed as they should. And no workers nor the public were ever in danger. The last automatic shutdown at Palo was in 1995. The plant should be back on-line in less than a week.

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