SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Conditions are stable at Pacific Gas and Electric Company's Diablo Canyon Power Plant Unit 1, where an alert was declared this morning due to a buildup of carbon dioxide during a planned test. No plant employees were injured in the incident and public health and safety was never at risk. No early release or evacuation of plant personnel resulted from the event and all other plant operations continue as normal.
The utility, with support from Cal Fire, is working on a ventilation strategy to reduce the carbon dioxide discharge to habitable levels. The affected area is the Unit 1 main lube oil room within the turbine building, outside of the nuclear side of the plant.
Units 1 and 2 are currently operating at 100 percent power.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 15 million people in northern and central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/about/.