Vermont Yankee Officials Find Source Of Radioactive Leak

11/08/10 4:17PM By John Dillon

(Host) Officials at Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant say they've found the source of a leak of radioactive water that forced the plant's shutdown.

Plant spokesman Larry Smith says an access plug that had been welded over was leaking inside the plant.

He says the repairs are expected to take 24 hours and that then the plant will be restarted.

The leak was spotted during routine surveillance on Sunday. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the public was not in danger.

It was the second shutdown within an hour at a plant owned by New Orleans-based Entergy Corporation.

A transformer exploded at a nuclear power plant north of New York City, forcing an emergency shutdown. No one was injured and no radioactive materials leaked at that plant.

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