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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:36 PM

Fire shuts down Texas nuke plant

A fire at the South Texas Project Electric Generating Station, the nuclear power plant about 90 miles southwest of Houston, shut down one of the plant's two reactors Tuesday afternoon.

The fire broke out at 4:42 p.m. at the main transformer that feeds power from the reactor to the outside world, and the reactor was shut down immediately, plant spokesman Buddy Eller said.

The fire was extinguished within 15 minutes, Eller said. He did not know when the reactor might be restarted.

Eller said the fire never threatened the reactor or other key components of the plant, no workers were hurt and the public was never endangered.

More at http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/energy/article/Fire-shuts-down-Texas-nuke-plant-4177443.php .

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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 12:48 PM

1. It can take several months to bring a large nuclear reactor back up to full power.

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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 02:58 PM

2. STP is a huge accident just waiting to happen

That plant has always had problems. One of these days one of those problems is going to be a horrible disaster I'm afraid.

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