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Refueling starts soon at Prairie Island Nuclear Plant

The Prairie Island Nuclear Plant will shut down soon for refueling and maintenance work at its site along the Mississippi River in Red Wing.
The routine outage is set to begin by the end of the month and will last from four to five weeks, reports t

The Prairie Island Nuclear Plant will shut down soon for refueling and maintenance work at its site along the Mississippi River in Red Wing.

The routine outage is set to begin by the end of the month and will last from four to five weeks, reports the Red Wing Republican Eagle.

Refueling outages occur every 18 months, and hundreds of extra maintenance workers are brought in during that time to do work that can’t be done while the plant is running.

Xcel Energy customers won’t notice the shutdown, said spokesperson Mary Sandok.

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“It’s not going to be affecting anybody other than the people who are working there. (Customers) would not even know that we have the plant down other than we tell them we do,” she said. “Their lights won’t even flicker.”