Workers Find Source of Vermont Yankee Leak

11/09/10 6:06AM

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 reactor was shut down Sunday after the leak was spotted during routine surveillance.

The cause of the leak was unknown. 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 Corp.

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.

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