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Ohio nuclear plant shuts down after malfunction

OAK HARBOR, Ohio (AP) — A nuclear power plant in northern Ohio has been shut down because a coolant pump malfunctioned — but officials say there's no threat to public safety.

The (Toledo) Blade ( ) reports that the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station has been shut down since Saturday night after trouble with one of its four reactor coolant pumps.

Jennifer Young, a FirstEnergy spokeswoman, said the plant automatically shut down after the apparent electrical problem with a motor. There were no injuries.

Workers were trying to solve the problem, and Young said she didn't know when the plant would start back up. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it is monitoring the situation.

Electric customers will see no power interruption.

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