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Vermont reactor reports new leak

October 21, 2010

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MONTPELIER, Vt.—The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant is reporting a leak in a steam line connected to its emergency core cooling system.

Plant spokesman Larry Smith says the leak is in a drain line from the system, and would not prevent it from operating in an emergency. He says steam is leaking from a pipe, that it does contain radioactivity, but that it is contained within the plant's main reactor building.

Smith says there's no threat to public health and safety.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Neil Sheehan tells Vermont Public Radio a weld in pipes that drain the high pressure coolant system is leaking small puffs of steam.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net

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