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Seabrook nuclear reactor shuts down after turbine stalls

SEABROOK — A malfunction in a turbine triggered the shutdown of the reactor at the Seabrook Station nuclear power plant early Wednesday, but officials say there's no risk to the public.

According the Fosters Daily Democrat, the reactor is programmed to turn off if the turbine stops. Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesperson Neil Sheehan said plant workers are still working to determine the cause.

A spokesman for NextEra Energy Seabrook, which operates the plant, said the reactor is in "a safe, shutdown condition." Meanwhile a complete analysis is being conducted to determine the reason for the shutdown.

No customers lost electricity as a result of the reactor’s shutdown, Sheehan said. The energy grid’s operator, ISO New England, can draw from multiple reserve options for energy.

“There have been plants down for extended periods of time that, you wouldn’t even notice there was an issue,” Sheehan said.

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