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During planned electrical breaker testing, Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant Unit 1 automatically shut down at about 10:15 Thursday morning because of a malfunction during the testing, according to a press release.

“The plant is designed to respond if it sees anything out of the ordinary,” said Kory Raftery, plant spokesman.

Operators are working to determine the cause of the shutdown before they take actions to restore Unit 1 to full power. Until then, the plant’s second unit remains at full power. The shutdown is not expected to impact electrical service to businesses and homes in the region, the press release states.

“All safety systems responded as designed and the plant came off-line as expected,” the release states. “The plant is in a safe and stable condition.”

sfleischman@somdnews.com