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August 30, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact:
Mike Bowling
Entergy
mbowlin@entergy.com
(601) 368-5655
Carl Rhode
Entergy
crhode@entergy.com
504-576-4238
Entergy’s Waterford 3 Prepares for Restart
Killona, La. – Entergy Nuclear and Waterford 3 Steam Electric Station employees are actively preparing to restart the plant in support of southeast Louisiana's restoration effort.

The plant, located 25 miles from New Orleans, was safely shut down Tuesday before the full impact of Hurricane Isaac and received no storm-related damage. Entergy officials made the conservative decision to bring the plant offline in advance of Isaac's landfall.

Now, Entergy Nuclear teams are supporting plant employees in implementing a plan to bring the plant back online, a detailed process that will take several days to complete. The plan calls for close coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Administration, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and local authorities. Prior to resuming power production, Entergy must ensure evacuation routes are again viable and be able to implement standard emergency plans.

The effort involves an extensive checklist covering available evacuation routes, the ability to communicate with public officials and parish emergency facilities, and the capacity to adequately operate the public alert siren system.

Waterford 3, in Killona, La., and River Bend Station, near St. Francisville, La., both sequestered roughly 100 core employees each, not including security staff, throughout the storm. Other employees were released until after the storm. Waterford 3 is designed to withstand the impact of 200 mph hurricane winds and provide safe shelter for employees remaining at the plant. Steel-reinforced concrete containment structures protect the reactor, and redundant safety systems have been designed to withstand the impact of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and floods greater than the historical regional maximum.

Entergy's River Bend Station and Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in Port Gibson, Miss., continue to operate under severe weather procedures that involve plant walk-downs, equipment checks and detailed staffing plans.

Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation's leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.