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Swiss nuke plant briefly shut after maintenance via Reuters

(Reuters) – Switzerland’s Muehleberg nuclear power plant was shut down safely on Wednesday after maintenance work caused the feedwater system to stop, the operator said.

“The reactor is in a safe state. No radioactivity was released,” operator BKW FMB Energie AG said in a statement.

The plant is expected to start running again in the evening, once authorities have deemed it safe to operate.

Following Japan‘s Fukushima nuclear disaster last year, Switzerland’s nuclear plants have come under increasing public scrutiny. Last May around 20,000 people rallied against nuclear power – the largest demonstration of its kind since the 1980s.

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