RED WING, Minn. (AP) — Xcel Energy has shut down Unit 1 of its Prairie Island nuclear plant near Red Wing to fix an oil leak on a turbine valve.

The valve is on the non-nuclear side of the plant. Xcel Energy says no one was hurt and there was no accidental release of radioactive material.

Unit 2 continues to operate at full power.

Xcel Energy says the outage to repair the oil leak is not expected to last long.

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Comments (3)
  1. kieron says:

    Shut down the same day as the state shuts down? Uncanny coincidence.

  2. Joe says:

    Why did they report something as stupid and mundane as this article is? The system will need servicing over it’s life span just as a car requires periodic oil changes!

    CBS local is a joke….

  3. Sarah in Outstate MN says:

    The headline makes it sound much more serious than what it actually is. Waste of space.

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