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Official: Vermont Yankee nuke plant had small radioactive leak; no danger

VERNON, Vt. — The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant had a small leak of radioactive steam last week but it was contained and the public was not in danger, a plant spokesman said.

The leak was discovered by a worker doing maintenance on a pipe, Vermont Yankee spokesman Rob Williams said. The problem was corrected immediately and air sampling monitoring confirmed extremely low radioactivity, well within the limits set in the plant’s operating license, he told Vermont Public Radio.

“It was work on a pipe and during that process there was a malfunction of a filter, and that has since been corrected. It was corrected immediately,” he said.

The steam condensed into water. Bill Irwin, the state’s radiological health chief, told VPR that the water was collected in a drum and did not leak into the environment.

“But obviously we need to continue to follow what’s happened here to make sure there is no further developments,” he said. “But it should be fairly straightforward for them to collect the material and dispose of it properly.”

The plant is scheduled to be closed at the end of the year.

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