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Southeastern Michigan nuclear plant idled due to mechanical problem

Fermi Plant/Photo by DTE

A nuclear power plant in southeastern Michigan remains shut down after a valve issue was discovered following the malfunction of a transformer.

DTE Energy says Fermi 2 in Monroe County remains in a "safe, stable condition."

Spokesman John Austerberry tells the Monroe News the utility completed its investigation into the transformer malfunction but stayed offline after an inspection found the valve issue.

Austerberry says the valve is on the reactor recirculation system.

The newspaper says the transformer problem appears to have been caused by water in a breaker associated with the transformer.

Fermi 2 supplies 20 percent of the electricity generated by DTE.

The utility reportedly can get power from its other generating stations and, if necessary, a regional energy market.

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