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Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 05/19/2010

Calvert Cliffs reactor back online

By Washington Post editors

A spokesman for the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant says one of the plant's two reactors is back online after the unit automatically shut down last week when its link to the regional power grid failed.

Spokesman David Fitz said the reactor at the southern Maryland nuclear power plant restarted about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday and the reactor was running at about 60 percent of capacity Wednesday afternoon.

Fitz says an electrical malfunction in equipment in the plant's switchyard cut the connection to the regional grid and the reactor automatically shutdown as it was designed to do. The reactor, which shut down last Wednesday, normally provides about 10 percent of the state's electricity.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | May 19, 2010; 12:37 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, reactor  
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