DTE Energy: Fermi 2 nuclear plant shut down after leak detected, reactor deemed safe

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FRENCHTOWN TOWNSHIP, Michigan — DTE Energy Co. says it has shut down the Fermi 2 nuclear power plant after a water leak was detected within the dry well that encloses its reactor.

The Monroe News reports (http://bit.ly/1Ezu5aI ) Friday the plant shut automatically Thursday morning. DTE spokesman Guy Cerullo says crews were shutting it down when the monitoring system took over as a safety measure.

Cerullo tells The Associated Press on Saturday that officials are still working to determine an exact cause. He says the leak — which was contained — was found to be from a system that cools heat exchanges in the plant and not the reactor, which remains safe.

The plant is along Lake Erie in Monroe County's Frenchtown Township.

Fermi 2 first went online in 1988.

Information from: Monroe News, http://www.monroenews.com

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