Lawmakers concerned about nuke plant radiation
Vermont lawmakers are still worried about the state Department of Health's decision to change the way radiation from Vermont Yankee is measured.
A special legislative panel heard testimony Thursday as it weighs whether to force the Health Department to revisit the way it now calculates the releases from the plant on the Vermont-New Hampshire border.
William Irwin, radiological health chief for the Health Department, says the Vernon nuclear plant releases 30 percent more radiation now than it did before boosting its power production by 20 percent in 2006. The releases are still within state limits, however.
Rep. Richard Marek, D-Newfane, says the panel may require the Health Department to go through the regulatory process some lawmakers say was ignored last year.