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Agencies conducting emergency simulation at Prairie Island nuclear plant
Residents near the Prairie Island nuclear plant may notice extra activity Tuesday June 28 in response to an emergency simulation. The exercise allows the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and other Minnesota and Wisconsin agencies to test their response in the event of an incident...
June 28, 2016 - 9:53am
January 27, 2015
Prairie Island's Unit 1 shut down for work
Operators shut down Prairie Island nuclear plant’s Unit 1 at 7:56 p.m. Monday, Xcel Energy said. The unit was shut down so workers could replace a reactor coolant pump. THE work is expected to take about two weeks. The situation poses no danger to the public or plant employees,...
January 27, 2015 - 11:11am
December 31, 2014
2014 top stories: #3 - Prairie Island marks 40 years of power
Staff at Prairie Island nuclear plant kept busy in 2014. Between finishing a refueling outage in January and starting another one in October,...
December 31, 2014 - 4:00pm
December 29, 2014
Unit 1 at nuclear plant returns to full power
Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant’s Unit 1 returned to full power at 12 a.m. today, Xcel Energy said. Operators returned the unit to full power after workers replaced a reactor coolant pump seal during an outage that started on Dec. 10. The situation posed no danger to...
December 29, 2014 - 3:39pm
December 1, 2014
Prairie Island plant returns to full power
Prairie Island nuclear plant’s Unit 1 reactor has returned to full power after a refueling and maintenance outage, Xcel Energy said Monday. The unit was back to full power at 2:02 p.m. Friday after an outage that began Oct. 8. During the outage, 600 contractors helped staff replace...
December 1, 2014 - 1:56pm
June 19, 2014
Nuclear plant hosting open house
Prairie Island nuclear plant will celebrate 40 years with a community event Saturday June 28. A public open house and tour will be held at the Prairie Island Training Center, where the public also can visit displays, learn about the nuclear industry and plant and tour the full-scale...
June 19, 2014 - 1:00pm
May 27, 2014
Nuclear plant back to full power
RED WING - Prairie Island nuclear plant’s Unit 2 reactor was restored to full power this weekend after operators completed work, Xcel Energy...
May 27, 2014 - 12:07pm
July 12, 2013
NRC: Prairie Island plant operating safely
The Prairie Island nuclear plant had some issues in 2012, but overall operated safely, Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials said. NRC and Xcel Energy officials met publically Thursday evening at the Red Wing library to go over the 2012 assessment.
July 12, 2013 - 12:22pm
July 2, 2013
Nuke plant meeting is July 11
A public meeting between Prairie Island nuclear plant staff and Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials is planned for 7 p.m. July 11 at the Red Wing library. The annual meeting will cover the end-of-cycle assessment for the plant in 2012.
July 2, 2013 - 12:57pm
June 16, 2013
Xcel is moving 'full-steam ahead'
It's been more than 13 years since Prairie Island nuclear plant has opened its doors to community members. But on Thursday, Xcel Energy invited...
June 16, 2013 - 2:00pm
April 11, 2013
UPDATE: Barge should be passing thru Red Wing between 7:30-8 a.m. today, April 12
8 a.m. update: Barge should be passing thru Red Wing between 7:30-8 a.m. today, April 12. 4:30 p.m. update: The barge carrying the two steam generators has gotten stuck in the ice just south of Lake City. Depending on weather and ice conditions, the generators could pass through...
April 11, 2013 - 11:33am
March 27, 2013
Nuclear plant cited by NRC
Prairie Island nuclear plant was cited by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a violation involving the repair of a gas radiation monitor, the NRC reported today. The violation has been assigned a white finding, which indicates low to moderate safety significancPrairie Island...
March 27, 2013 - 4:05pm
February 20, 2013
Xcel, NRC to discuss potential nuclear plant issue
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission found a potential issue at the Prairie Island nuclear plant in the area of emergency preparedness. Xcel and NRC officials will meet Feb. 25 at the NRC's region office in Illinois to discuss a preliminary finding stemming from a December inspection....
February 20, 2013 - 7:00am
January 9, 2013
Nuclear plant back at full power after outage
Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant's Unit 1 reactor returned to full power at 9:32 p.m. Tuesday after completing a scheduled maintenance and refueling outage. During the outage, which began Oct. 23, about 600 contractors helped plant staff complete maintenance tasks to prepare...
January 9, 2013 - 11:15am
December 29, 2012
Year in review: Prairie Island plant looks ahead to improvements
While Xcel Energy had its share of issues at the Prairie Island nuclear plant in 2012, the utility will move forward on new investments in the...
December 29, 2012 - 1:00pm