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The Exelon Nuclear Quad-Cities Generating Station in Cordova, Ill. (John Schultz / QUAD-CITY TIMES FILE PHOTO) John Schultz / QUAD-CITY TIMES FILE PHOTO

Officials at Exelon Nuclear’s Quad-Cities Generating Station in Cordova, Ill., are keeping a close eye on the situation in Japan where a second hydrogen explosion in three days rocked a stricken nuclear plant Monday.

“While there is still a great deal we don’t know, from all information we’ve received so far, it appears that the damage to the Japanese plants was primarily related to the tsunami, not the earthquake,” said William Stoermer, communication manager for the Cordova facility.

He also said Exelon has offered to assist in any way needed.

“We have offered, as a company, whatever expertise and resources they might need,” Stoermer said. “We have not sent anyone to Japan. But we stand ready to help them in resources and knowledge. We feel bad for the people of Japan. We are hoping they can get this under control.”

Stoermer assured that all Exelon facilities are safe and are designed to American seismic/flood standards, reflecting their local geography.

“Our plants are operating safely and our plant neighbors are safe,” he said. “Our plants are equipped with numerous and redundant safety systems designed to protect them against earthquakes, flooding and other natural disasters.

“As powerful as the earthquake was, Japanese nuclear facilities appeared to have held up against it. The current crisis was caused when tsunami waves took out the backup power systems meant to keep the reactor core cooled.”

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