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A nuclear reactor at Plant Vogtle in eastern Georgia has been taken out of service until authorities determine why it unexpectedly shut down.
The Atlanta-based Southern Co. reported Thursday that the Unit 1 reactor at Plant Vogtle automatically shut down Wednesday evening. The shutdown procedure, called a scram, was completed without incident.
Nuclear reactors are designed to shut down if automatic monitoring systems detect conditions that could be unsafe. Southern Co. spokesman Alyson Fuqua said it was not immediately clear what prompted the shutdown. No problems have been reported.
It wasn’t clear why the equipment shut down, but it was likely triggered by equipment related to an electrical turbine, said Southern Co. spokesperson Alyson Fuqua. She stressed the shutdown was on the non-nuclear portion of the plant.