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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lithuanian Plant Closes Down

VILNIUS, Lithuania -- Lithuania's Ignalina nuclear power plant shut down the second of its two reactors after a minor increase in radiation was registered in a ventilation system last weekend, senior officials said Friday.

"What happened at Ignalina does not even come under the International Atomic Energy Agency's scale of nuclear events," Povilas Vaisnys, head of Lithuania's State Nuclear Energy Inspectorate, told reporters.

"They were free to work but decided to stop for routine checking because there is currently low demand for electricity on the local market," he said.

Ignalina's director told the Lithuanian news agency ELTA on Thursday that the increase registered Sunday, but it was not clear when the reactor shut. Vaisnys said it will resume next month.