Radioactive water leak found at Vermont Yankee

01/08/09 7:04AM

Entergy nuclear officials say the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant was undergoing a repair Wednesday after a broken valve was leaking radioactive water inside the nuclear plant.

Officials say the leak did not require the reactor be shut down.

Entergy Nuclear spokesman Laurence Smith says the leak was discovered two weeks ago and was losing about 2-1/2 gallons of "slightly radioactive" water a minute.

He says the water, from the plant's cleanout system, was cleaned and filtered and is not discharged into the Connecticut River.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Neil Sheehan says NRC inspectors are monitoring the repair. He says it's temporary until a permanent repair can be done during the plant's next refueling outage, expected next year

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