Low oil pressure caused Monticello nuclear plant to shut down

An Xcel Energy spokeswoman says low oil pressure in the plant's turbines triggered an automatic shutdown over the weekend. The company says the safety system functioned as designed and that no one was in danger.
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An Xcel Energy spokeswoman says low oil pressure in the plant's turbines triggered an automatic shutdown over the weekend. The company says the safety system functioned as designed and that no one was in danger.

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