Watts Bar nuclear plant back after fallen tree leads to shutdown

Watts Bar nuclear power plant Tennessee automatic shutdown fallen tree transmission line

The Watts Bar nuclear power plant is back online this week after going into automatic shutdown last week when a fallen tree struck a transmission line.

According to the Associated Press, automatic shutdown procedures went into effect after an electrical fault was detected Friday afternoon. A homeowner nearby had cut down a tree, which fell onto a 500 kilovolt transmission line near the plant, causing the disruption.

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