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Constellation Works To Restore Md. Nuclear Unit

LUSBY, Md. (AP) -- Constellation Energy Nuclear Group says crews are working to get Unit 1 of its Calvert Cliffs facility back up after it automatically went off-line during Hurricane Irene.

Spokesman Mark Sullivan said Sunday morning that a large gust of wind overnight sent a piece of aluminum siding from a nearby building crashing into the main transformer of the facility in Lusby.

He says Unit 2 is operating at full power and the entire complex is safe and stable. He says the event cut the facility's electricity output in half.

Sullivan says an unusual event has been declared. That's the lowest of four emergency classifications by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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