• Second Yankee leak reported
     | January 08,2009

    BRATTLEBORO -- Officials reported another leak at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vernon.

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission confirmed Thursday that the plant had discovered a leak in its feedwater system earlier in the day, and that repairs were already under way. The reactor was being brought down to 40 percent power to facilitate the repairs.

    Entergy Nuclear, in an e-mail to reporters, said that the leak was "60 drops a minute" but that it required immediate attention.

    The feedwater leak is not related to a leak disclosed by Entergy on Wednesday in the reactor's clean-up system. That leak was undergoing a temporary fix, the company said.

    News of the second leak in as many days came as the Vermont Legislature convened, with the future of the 37-year-old reactor one of the big issues on the table.

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