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Daily Q&A: What made my windows rattle near the Progress Energy power plant?

I live near the Progress Energy plant on Weedon Island, and it appeared the plant was causing my windows to vibrate last week. What might be causing that, and is there any risk of long-term damage to my home?

Progress Energy says its Paul L. Bartow power plant on Weedon Island has four units that can run on natural gas or oil. During last week's cold snap, the plant ran on each fuel. One day at about 4:30 a.m., as one unit started after switching fuels, it emitted a brief rumbling sound that may have vibrated nearby windows. This is a rare occurrence that caused no damage.

The rumble was caused by an issue in a fuel valve that quickly resolved. You should have no concerns about long-term effects; it's similar to a large truck driving on your street.

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Daily Q&A: What made my windows rattle near the Progress Energy power plant? 01/21/10 [Last modified: Friday, January 22, 2010 9:33am]
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