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Nuclear plant's Unit 2 shuts down unexpectedly

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Operators at Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant today were investigating a turbine trip that caused an automatic shutdown of Unit 2 early this morning.

The reactor was being returned to full power following completion of a refueling outage, which ended early Monday morning.

The reactor was at approximately 32 percent power when the turbine tripped at 3:14 a.m. today, causing the reactor to automatically shut down, as it designed to do.

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