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Ginna Power Plant remains shut down Sunday

Ontario, N.Y. - The Ginna Nuclear Power Plant remains offline Sunday.

Federal authorities say a generator fault caused a western New York nuclear plant to automatically shut down as a safety precaution.

"We are completing final repairs. I cannot estimate when the plant will be back online at full power," said a spokesperson for the plant Sunday.

The Ginna Nuclear Power Plant automatically shut down at 2:19 p.m., Wednesday, July 24. All safety systems operated as designed and the plant is in a safe, stable condition.

A Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman says that the Ginna plant's reactor was stopped by control rods.

Power plant officials say the automatic shutdown was a turbine generator protection relay being set to the incorrect function.

Plant personnel are modifying the protection relay that caused the shutdown and continue regular maintenance.

The shutdown happened as plant workers and emergency crews were engaged in a safety drill.

The 43-year-old plant is owned by Baltimore-based Constellation Energy Nuclear Group.

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