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POWER PLANT CONTACT: ROBERT L. LANE
(319) 335-6266
robert-l-lane@uiowa.edu
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Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0048; fax (319) 384-0024
email: charles-drum@uiowa.edu

Release: Dec. 26, 2001

UI power plant to clean more pipes with steam releases

The University of Iowa power plant will conduct a series of steam releases, beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27. These releases will be similar to those conducted by the power plant last week and are required to clean pipes that carry steam to turbines that generate electrical power. Even though the steam is released through a large muffler, there will be a noticeable steam plume and some noise, power plant managers say. Each release may last from 30 seconds to 2 minutes, and the series will be conducted until the power plant staff has achieved the desired result. Testing may continue until late afternoon.