Opinions Differ On Yankee's Vulnerability

03/17/11 12:08PM By Jane Lindholm, Ric Cengeri
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In these file photos workers examine equipments inside of the the No. 4 unit of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant, (left) and workers perform maintenance on the reactor vessel at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.
Vermont Yankee's reactor design is the same as that of the Fukushima, Japan plant. And both use the same spent fuel storage system.

Tim Mitchell, senior vice president of engineering for Entergy Nuclear says modifications to the GE Mark 1 reactors were made after issues were identified in the 1970s and assessments of the plant are ongoing. But Arnie Gundersen, a member of the Vermont Yankee Public Oversight Panel, believes VY should be shut down along with the other plants of the same design for several months to conduct a review for single points of vulnerability.

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