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Prairie Island nuclear plant cited by feds
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

    RED WING, Minn. --  Prairie Island nuclear plant has been cited by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a violation involving the repair of a gas radiation monitor, the federal agency reported today.

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By Sarah Gorvin

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    RED WING, Minn. --  Prairie Island nuclear plant has been cited by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a violation involving the repair of a gas radiation monitor, the federal agency reported today.

    The violation has been assigned a white finding, which indicates low to moderate safety significance.

    The monitor, which is located on a ventilation system to detect radiation leaks at the plant, was placed on a repair list in July 2011 and remained out of service for roughly 10 months until plant workers repaired it in May 2012.

    The commission decided a white finding was warranted due to the length of time the monitor was out of service, Xcel Energy spokeswoman Mary Sandok said in a statement. The plant has adjusted its processes so radiation monitor repairs will be made in a timely fashion in the future.

     “Throughout the time the radiation monitor was out of service, backup measures were in place, the plant operated normally, and there never was any danger to the public or plant workers,” Prairie Island site manager Jim Lynch said.

     Xcel will have until April 25 to contest the commission's finding, commission spokeswoman Prema Chandrathil said.

The plant is along the Mississippi River near Red Wing.

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