An unusual event is the first of the four emergency classifications established by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for nuclear power plants.
“We will conduct a full investigation of this incident and make any necessary changes to be sure it does not recur,” Timothy S. Rausch, senior vice president and Chief Nuclear Officer for PPL Susquehanna, said in a press release.
The event had no effect on public safety and required no public action, according to PPL Corp., the Allentown company that partly owns and operates the plant.
On top of chunks falling off the façade and fluids leaking into the underground parking garage, over the weekend there was a flood on the sixth floor of the Berks County Services Center building that also damaged the fourth and fifth floors. A broken water valve was the culprit. Damage is estimated at half a million dollars. $100,000 went specifically for the cleanup and $400,000 for the renovations the restore the building back to working order.
There are several hundred valves in the building that will be inspected after this disaster to hopefully avoid any repeats. Good idea!
Fortunately, insurance will pay all but $50,000 of the damage.