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French nuclear reactor shut down after fault discovered

Staff Writer | April 19, 2017
French energy company EDF has shut down reactor number one at its nuclear power plant in Fessenheim on the German border, the company said late Tuesday.
Fessenheim nuclear plant
Energy   Teams were working on fixing the equipment
The shutdown was due to "a malfunction discovered during a periodical test carried out on a piece of security equipment situated in a non-nuclear part of the facility," EDF said in a statement.

Teams were working on fixing the equipment, and there would be no impact on safety or the environment, the statement added. EDF expected that the shutdown would not be for long.

The statement also warned that clouds of steam might form above the power station, but that they would not be radioactive.