Generator testing leads to alert at Point Beach nuclear plant

TWO RIVERS (AP) -- The Point Beach nuclear plant issued an alert after exhaust from a generator created increased carbon monoxide levels in its turbine building.

Its owner and operator, NextEra Energy Resources, says there was no impact on the operation of the plant or the safety of employees or the public. The state's Emergency Operations Center was activated after the plant issued at alert about 9 p.m. Wednesday.

NextEra spokeswoman Sara Cassidy says exhaust from diesel generators being tested by workers on the non-nuclear side of the plant seeped into an adjacent room where carbon monoxide was detected. Cassidy says the room was ventilated and readings
returned to normal.

The Point Beach plant is located along Lake Michigan in Manitowoc County.