SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – At 5:15 PM, Pacific Gas and Electric Company terminated an alert at Diablo Canyon Power Plant. The alert was declared this morning due to a buildup of carbon dioxide during a planned test of a fire suppression system.
The utility, with support from Cal Fire, ventilated the Unit 1 main lube oil room to reduce the carbon dioxide discharge to habitable levels.
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.
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/.