Vermont Yankee Reduces Power After Pump Fails

09/27/11 6:06AM The Associated Press

Officials at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant say they are working to repair a pump motor that failed, forcing the plant to reduce power and reconfigure its operations in order to avoid shutting down.

Yankee spokesman Smith says one of two large pumps that re-circulate water through the reactor failed Sunday night, and the plant automatically began reducing power.

The plant had to be reconfigured to operate with one pump within eight hours, or federal regulations would have required it to shut down. Smith says it was operating at about 38 percent power as of Monday afternoon.

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