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Generator Flaw Shuts Down Western NY Nuclear Plant

Thu, 07/25/2013 - 11:05am

ONTARIO, N.Y. (AP) — Federal authorities say a generator fault caused a western New York nuclear plant to automatically shut down as a safety precaution.

A Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman tells the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle that the Ginna (guh-NAY') plant's reactor was stopped by control rods just before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

He says investigators are trying to determine why the generator went off-line during a test.

The shutdown happened as plant workers and emergency crews were engaged in a safety drill.

The 43-year-old plant is owned by Baltimore-based Constellation Energy Nuclear Group.

It isn't known when the reactor will be restarted.

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