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Spill causes evacuation

June 15, 2012
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SEABROOK, NH — The Seabrook Station nuclear power plant declared an "unusual event" on Wednesday after a spill of cleaning liquid led to the evacuation of the first floor, according to the Seacoast Online.

The evacuation and the accidental spill required the plant to declare an "unusual event," which is the lowest of the NRC''s four emergency classifications, the article stated.

"The ''unusual event'' is designed to signal to the outside world that there is something out of the ordinary taking place at the plant," said Neil Sheehan, a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) spokesman

According to the article, the spill involved less than a gallon of ammonia hydroxide.

"By procedure and requirement, we are required to declare an emergency in a situation like this when we have an unexpected spill of what could be considered a caustic agent, like ammonia is," said Al Griffith, spokesman for the plant.

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