BALTIMORE, MD – October 31, 2012 – Constellation Energy Nuclear Group (CENG) announces that its three nuclear facilities in Maryland and New York, as well as its corporate headquarters in Baltimore, have all safely weathered Hurricane Sandy.
In preparation for Hurricane Sandy, CENG’s dedicated employees demonstrated our top values of nuclear safety, personal safety and community commitment to guide its decisions. Equipment was safely staged and secured, and facility structures and water systems were confirmed to be ready for both rain and high winds. Emergency staffing plans were implemented as a precaution.
We are currently monitoring structures for wind damage and water leakage, and identifying any areas needing repair. Both units at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant (CCNPP) in Lusby, MD, , and Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station (NMPNS) Unit 2 in Scriba, NY, remained at 100 percent power throughout the storm. R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant in Ontario, NY, was previously shut down for a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage.
Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station (NMPNS) Unit 1 responded as designed and automatically shut down at approximately 9 p.m. on October 29 when high winds damaged a metal pole in the local switchyard, activating a protective isolation of electrical equipment and the plant. All safety systems responded appropriately and the plant operators ensured a safe, controlled shutdown. No plant equipment was damaged due to the event and we are working to return the unit safely to service.
For additional background information on the nuclear industry’s hurricane preparedness measures, please visit this link: http://nei.org/keyissues/safetyandsecurity/emergencypreparedness/how-do-nuclear-plants-withstand-hurricanes
About Constellation Energy Nuclear Group (CENG)
CENG (a joint venture between subsidiaries of Exelon Corporation (Exelon – NYSE: EXC) and Electricité de France, SA (EDF)) is based in Baltimore, Maryland. Exelon, through its subsidiaries, owns 50.01% of CENG and is the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with operations in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. EDF, through its subsidiaries, owns 49.99% of CENG and is developing strategies in North America in nuclear, renewables and trading. CENG is a leading producer of safe and reliable nuclear power. The company owns and operates five nuclear reactors at three sites in New York and Maryland. CENG’s core values are nuclear and personal safety. Nuclear energy – America’s largest source of clean-air, carbon-free, reliable electricity, producing no greenhouse gases – accounts for more than 20 percent of U.S.-produced electricity, powering one in five homes and businesses across the United States.