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May 4, 2011
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Orange drapes cover the condensor as work crews rebuild it to make be more efficient at the Columbia Generating Station on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. The expected 12 megawatt gain will power more than 12,000 average homes. The Tri-Cities area nuclear power plant is going through a planned outage for refueling for 78 days until June 15, 2011.