Alert Declared at Harris Nuclear Plant

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RALEIGH, N.C. - Officials at Harris Nuclear Plant declared an Alert today at 3:05 a.m. when an equipment malfunction resulted in the loss of power to non-safety related electrical distribution equipment.

There are no radioactive materials being released as a result of this event.

Plant employees are staffing emergency response facilities, and we are coordinating with federal, state and local officials to resolve the situation and protect the public.

State/county emergency management officials will activate sirens located throughout the plant'’s10-mile emergency planning zone (EPZ) if needed. Sirens alert the public to listen to local radio and television stations for information and instructions. Emergency preparedness brochures are mailed to addresses within the 10-mile EPZ annually. This information also is available at, search "emergency preparedness."

An Alert is the second in increasing significance of four nuclear emergency classifications. This classification is used to describe conditions that require emergency response agencies to be in a heightened state of readiness, but pose no threat to public safety.

The Harris Nuclear Plant is a single-unit power plant located on Harris Lake, near New Hill, N.C. The plant began commercial operation in l987 and has rated capacity of 928 megawatts. The Harris Nuclear Plant is jointly owned by the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency and Duke Energy.

Duke Energy Carolinas owns nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides approximately 20,000 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 2.4 million customers in a 24,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina.

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Duke Energy Progress, a subsidiary of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), provides electricity and related services to nearly 1.5 million customers in North Carolina and South Carolina. The company is headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., and serves a territory encompassing more than 34,000 square miles including the cities of Raleigh, Wilmington and Asheville in North Carolina and Florence and Sumter in South Carolina. More information is available at

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