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Posted: 8:52 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2012
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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. —
Jellyfish-like creatures have clogged the seawater intake at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant on California's central coast, forcing operators to reduce power at its Unit 2 reactor.
Pacific Gas & Electric plant spokesman Tom Cuddy said Wednesday that power on the operating reactor was reduced Tuesday night when large numbers of salp entered the beach intake structure.
The San Luis Obispo County Tribune says salps are small barrel-shaped plankton called tunicates, similar to jellyfish, that can grow to nearly 4 inches in length.
Cuddy says power was ramped down to about 25 percent.
The twin-reactor power plant's Unit 1 reactor was shut down earlier for scheduled refueling, a procedure that usually takes about a month.
Diablo Canyon produces enough electricity to power more than 3 million homes.
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