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Fermi 2 Shut Down For Maintenance

FRENCHTOWN TWP. (AP) – DTE Energy says the reactor of its Fermi 2 nuclear plant in Monroe County has been shut down for refueling and maintenance work.

The Monroe Evening News reports the shutdown is expected to last more than a month. DTE spokesman Guy Cerullo says more than 1,500 supplemental workers are in town for the work.

It’s the 15th refueling and maintenance shutdown at the plant since it began commercial operation in 1988.

DTE officials say they began reducing reactor power Sunday night, and the plant stopped producing electricity early Monday morning.

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