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Prairie Island shut downs Unit 1 Tuesday after generators were declared inoperable

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RED WING, Minn. -- Prairie Island nuclear plant shut down Unit 1 after operators declared its two backup diesel generators inoperable Tuesday.

Staff determined during routine testing that both generators had exhaust leaks, Xcel Energy media relations spokeswoman Mary Sandok confirmed. That deemed them inoperable, and the plant filed an incident report of the safe shutdown with the Nuclear Regulatory Plant.

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