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Refueling outage starts at Prairie Island nuclear plant

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Operators shut down one of Prairie Island nuclear plant's reactors just before midnight Tuesday as part of a regularly scheduled refueling outage.

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Operators gradually reduced power in Unit 2 and the reactor was completely and safely shut down at 11:42 p.m., a statement from Xcel Energy said.

"All systems operated as designed," the statement says, adding that there was no release of radioactive material and no danger to the public or plant employees.

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