NY: Fire triggers shutdown at Entergy nuke plant

Transformer fire triggers shutdown at Entergy nuclear plant in NY; 2nd shutdown in a week

Associated Press

SCRIBA, N.Y. (AP) -- Entergy Corp.'s FitzPatrick nuclear power plant on Lake Ontario in New York has shut down for the second time in a week. The shutdown early Sunday was triggered by a fire in the plant's main transformer.

Entergy Nuclear says the fire broke out around 5:45 a.m. and was extinguished at 6:30. The company says there was no release of radiation and no danger to employees or the public. It was reported as an "unusual event," the lowest of four event classifications by the Nuclear regulatory Commission.

FitzPatrick shut down on Nov. 4 when its turbine stopped during routine testing. It returned to operation after personnel replaced an electrical relay.

The plant is in Oswego County about 30 miles northwest of Syracuse, N.Y.

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