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Minor Malfunction Shuts Down Shearon Harris

Posted September 20, 2006 7:38 a.m. EDT

— A minor equipment malfunction forced Progress Energy's Shearon Harris nuclear plant to temporarily close Tuesday morning.

Progress Energy spokeswoman Julie Hans said a short circuit on the plant's generator forced the automatic shutdown at about 10 a.m., but that it was not considered to be an emergency situation.

"We had a problem with the main generator," Hans said. "It wasn't a reactor problem."

The plant is expected to resume operations on Wednesday.

The last time there was a shutdown like this at the plant was in 2004.