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Feds inspecting nuclear power plant

Associated Press - August 17, 2009 2:15 PM ET

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is conducting a special inspection of the power plant near Hanford because of the electrical fire that shut it down.

The fire happened on August 5th. There was no danger to the public, but the commission says inspectors want to figure out why it happened and how such fires can be avoided.

Starting Monday, two inspectors will spend several days completing a report on the plant's maintenance and operation by Energy Northwest.

The fire prompted the declaration of an "unusual event," the lowest of 4 levels of nuclear emergencies.

The 25-year-old Columbia Generating Station is the only nuclear plant in the Northwest. It produces enough electricity for one million homes.

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