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7:11 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

'Several Days' Before Callaway Nuclear Reactor Will Be Back Online

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 5:49 pm

Missouri's lone nuclear reactor remains shut down while workers and officials continue to investigate what caused a small fire at the Callaway County plant Friday night.

Ameren Missouri spokesman Cleve Reasoner said it'll be several days before the plant is back online.

"We are assessing impacts from the arc that we had in our cable leading from the plant," Reasoner said. "We've begun disassembling equipment and investigating what the nature of the damage is and what the nature of the cause(s) of the event are."

Reasoner said other Ameren-owned plants have increased production so they can continue to meet customer demand.

"The equipment we're talking about is on the power production side of the plant," Reasoner said.  "So (the fire) had no direct connection to, or effect on, the reactor side – no radiation issues."

Reasoner said that Friday's fire at Callaway was quickly extinguished with no injuries.

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