By Nolan Hicks
San Antonio Express-News
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – One person was injured by an explosion at CPS Energy’s J.T. Deely coal-fired power plant that took place shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday, utility officials announced Tuesday afternoon.
CPS spokeswoman Christine Patmon said the municipally owned utility shut down Deely 1, one of the power plant’s two units, as it launches an investigation into the incident. She said one employee suffered minor scratches from the blast.
CPS “quickly worked to evacuate (Unit 1) and ensure all employees were accounted for and safe” in the aftermath of the explosion, the utility said in a news release.
After the explosion, the utility tweeted that there was no danger to nearby residents and that the shutdown would not affect the city’s power supply.
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Patmon said the explosion occurred in the system that feeds coal from a massive storage pool to the plant, not inside the plant itself.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality was in contact with CPS officials Tuesday afternoon and looking into whether the explosion affected air quality, agency spokeswoman Andrea Morrow said in a written statement.
Deely 1 produces 420 megawatts of power. Its twin, Deely 2, remains in operation. Deely sits on the same site as CPS’ other major coal power plant, J.K. Spruce, which also has two units.
CPS plans to close the Deely plant by 2018 instead of making a costly investment to bring it into compliance with tougher federal pollution rules.
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