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ALBANY, N.Y. - The operator of the nuclear power plant 25 miles north of New York City reports that bird poop was the likely cause of a reactor shutdown in December.

Entergy Corp. says an outside expert is analyzing whether what's technically called bird "streaming" was the culprit when the Indian Point reactor safely shut down for a day following an electrical disturbance on outdoor high voltage transmission lines.

In a report to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission last month, the company says the automatic reactor shutdown Dec. 14 was apparently from bird feces that caused an electric arc between wires on a feeder line at a transmission tower.

The Indian Point Entergy Center told the NRC it was revising preventive maintenance to include inspection and cleaning and installing bird guards on transmission towers.