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Originally published May 23, 2013 at 5:56 AM | Page modified May 23, 2013 at 4:29 PM

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Richland nuclear plant out for refueling

The only nuclear power plant in the Northwest is shut down for a refueling that takes place every two years.

The Associated Press

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RICHLAND, Wash. —

The only nuclear power plant in the Northwest is shut down for a refueling that takes place every two years.

More than 1,300 temporary employees have been hired for the refueling and maintenance work at the Columbia Generating Station near Richland.

The Tri-City Herald reports ( http://bit.ly/10TdZZt) this is the plant's 21st refueling outage. It is expected to last about 40 days.

The Energy Northwest plant generates enough electricity to supply a city the size of Seattle. Managers schedule the outage in the spring when hydroelectric dams are producing plenty of power for the Northwest.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com

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