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Braidwood Nuclear Reactor Shuts Down

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BRACEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A Will County nuclear reactor has shut down after electrical power flowing into its station was interrupted.

Exelon Corp. says the Braidwood Generating Station Unit 2 in Braceville declared an "unusual event" when the reactor automatically shut down Thursday evening. The company says the plant "responded safely and without incident."

It says the station made a loud noise as it shut down because of released steam, but there was no health or safety risk to workers or the public. Exelon says local, state, and federal government officials were notified.

The company says the station will be fueled by two backup diesel generators until offsite power is restored. The cause of the power loss is being investigated.

Braceville is about 50 miles southwest of Chicago.

-ASSOCIATED PRESS

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