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Safety trigger takes Prairie Island nuclear plant's Unit 2 off line

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Unit 2 at Prairie Island nuclear plant went into automatic shutdown Thursday morning when what officials described as "an inadvertent initiation signal" went to safety equipment that was being tested, causing the nuclear reactor to "trip" or "scram" at 9:08 a.m.

"All plant systems responded to shut the plant down as designed," said Arline Datu, spokesman for Nuclear Management Co., which operates the Prairie Island plant.

The plant is located just north of Red Wing.

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