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About one-third of U.S. nuclear power plants will close this fall for refueling, the most in nine years, as operators take advantage of a drop in electricity demand to carry out maintenance.

Thirty of the nation’s 99 reactors, representing 31 percent of the fleet’s power supply, are expected to shut down through November, according to Michael Rennhack, who heads up NukeWorker.com. That matches the record for autumn set in 2006, data from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission shows.

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