Xcel shuts down 2 Minn. nuclear reactors - KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

Xcel shuts down 2 Minn. nuclear reactors

Posted:

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Xcel Energy Inc. has shut down two of Minnesota's three nuclear reactors.

The Monticello plant had been operating at 10-percent power since the weekend, and operators shut down Prairie Island's Unit 1 plant Tuesday.

Xcel says both shutdowns were done safely. The Minneapolis-based utility says neither resulted in a release of radioactive materials and did not pose a danger to the public or plant employees.

At Prairie Island, a test found emergency diesel generators were inoperable.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports workers closed the Monticello plant after discovering leakage which apparently was caused by a failing gasket on a pipe flange.

Xcel says the leaked material was contained within the containment structure.

The company is buying power on the open market, and says repairs will not take long.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2001 - 2014 WorldNow and KTTC, a Quincy station.
All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Jodi Neyens at (507) 280-5104. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.