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Monticello nuclear plant shuts itself down for 3rd time

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xcel Energy is investigating why its Monticelllo nuclear plant shut down.

The Minneapolis utility says there was no danger to the public or plant workers Saturday when relays on the reactor's protection system activated. It's the third unscheduled shut down reported at the Monticello plant this year. The single-reactor plant is about 40 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

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The St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/uyr9AR ) says Xcel plans to buy power from the grid or other utilities to make up for the lost capacity.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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