Hanford nuclear plant halts for repairs

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - Washington's only nuclear power plant will shut down for five days starting Saturday for repairs to small leaks in steam lines.

Energy Northwest says crews will take advantage of the shutdown at the Columbia Generating Station for other maintenance.

The Hanford plant generates enough electricity for a city the size of Seattle. It's worth more than $1 million a day.

The power is distributed through the Northwest by the Bonneville Power Administration. Energy Northwest is a consortium of public utilities.

The Columbia Generating Station is due for a monthlong shutdown in May for refueling.