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Prairie Island nuclear plant was cited by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a violation involving the repair of a gas radiation monitor, the NRC reported today.

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The violation has been assigned a white finding, which indicates low to moderate safety significancPrairie Island nuclear plant was cited by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a violation involving the repair of a gas radiation monitor, the NRC reported today.e.

The monitor, which is located on the Unit 1 ventilation system to detect radiation leaks at the plant, was placed on a repair list in July 2011 and remained out of service for roughly 10 months until plant workers repaired it in May 2012.

The NRC decided a white finding was warranted due to the length of time the monitor was out of service, Xcel Energy spokeswoman Mary Sandok said in a statement. The plant has adjusted its processes so radiation monitor repairs will be made in a timely fashion in the future.

"Throughout the time the radiation monitor was out of service, backup measures were in place, the plant operated normally, and there never was any danger to the public or plant workers," Prairie Island site manager Jim Lynch said.

Xcel will have until April 25 to contest the NRC's finding, NRC spokeswoman Prema Chandrathil said.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of Saturday's R-E.

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