KCP&L Employees Safe After Iatan Explosion

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Kansas City, Mo. (Aug. 8, 2012) — This morning at approximately 9:30 a.m. there was an explosion in the B coal bunker at the Iatan 1 Power Plant near Weston, Mo. No employees or contractors were injured, all plant personnel are accounted for and the fire was contained quickly. Approximately, 250 personnel were onsite when the explosion occurred. 
After a thorough safety walk down, it was determined that Iatan 1 and Iatan 2 could remain online and safely operating. 
Background: The Iatan Generating Station is comprised of two coal-fired power plants. Iatan 1 opened in 1980, and has a 651 megawatt generating capacity. Iatan 2 opened in 2010 and has generating capacity of over 850 megawatts. 
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Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) is the holding company of Kansas City Power & Light Company and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company, two of the leading regulated providers of electricity in the Midwest. Kansas City Power & Light and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations use KCP&L as a brand name. More information about the companies is available on the Internet at www.greatplainsenergy.com or www.kcpl.com.