RED WING, Minn. (AP) — A thunderstorm may have triggered a shutdown of Unit 2 of the Prairie Island nuclear plant near Red Wing.
Xcel Energy says the unit automatically tripped at 7:22 a.m. Monday and safely shut down. While operators are investigating the cause, Xcel says it appears to be weather-related. A thunderstorm was in the area when the unit’s generator tripped offline, resulting in the reactor shutdown.READ MORE: Minnesota Revenue Dept. Still Assessing What Deal For Tax Relief On Jobless Benefits, PPP Means For Tax Returns
The company says no one was hurt and no radioactive material was released.READ MORE: Train Derailment In Albert Lea Spilled 40,000 Gallons Of Hydrochloric Acid, Freeborn County Officials Say
Prairie Island’s Unit 1 already was shut down for a refueling outage that started on April 29. Xcel says Unit 1 remains in safe condition.
Unit 2 will be restarted as soon as operators confirm what caused the shutdown.MORE NEWS: Minneapolis City Leaders Put Forth Vision For New Public Safety Plan
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