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Columbia Generating Station Temporarily Shut Down

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- The Columbia Generating Station has been shut down, and isn't scheduled to open back up for another five weeks.

The nuclear power plant shuts down every other year for refueling and plant maintenance.  More than 1,800 workers were hired from across the country to help with the project. 

Officials say the Columbia Generator pumps out the second cheapest electricity in the region.

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