ENVY Cooling Tower Failure August 21, 2007
FROM THE BOSTON GLOBE:
Congressional delegation calls investigation into Yankee mishap
MONTPELIER, Vt. —Vermont’s congressional delegation on Thursday requested a thorough investigation into the collapse of a portion of Vermont Yankee’s cooling tower. MORE >
FROM WCAX-TV CHANNEL 3 NEWS:
State Official: Closer Inspections Needed at Yankee
Vernon, Vermont – August 24, 2007Vermont’s nuclear engineer says better inspections are needed at the state’s only nuclear power plant. That statement comes after a water cooling tower collapsed at Vermont Yankee in Vernon earlier this week. The state says what happened is unacceptable, and the water cooling tower failure has raised questions about the safety of the aging facility.
Three days after a cooling tower collapsed, Yankee Nuclear is working to figure out what went wrong, causing the wooden beams to give way. MORE >
FROM BURLINGTON FREE PRESS:
Nuclear plant damage is worse than reported
Published: Friday, August 24, 2007
By Sam Hemingway
Free Press Staff Writer
A cooling tower structure at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant that partially collapsed Tuesday underwent a full inspection as recently as this spring and was found to be in good condition, a company spokesman said Thursday. MORE >
FROM BRATTLEBORO REFORMER:
State delegates press for thorough probe
By BOB AUDETTE, Reformer Staff
Friday, August 24
BRATTLEBORO — Vermont’s congressional delegation is demanding the Nuclear Regulatory Commission conduct “a thorough and complete investigation into the collapse of a portion of a cooling tower at Vermont Yankee.” MORE >
Photo frames the worry over VY
Friday, August 24
The photo in Thursday’s Reformer of the collapsed wood structure that is one of 22 cooling cells at Vermont Yankee is unsettling, to say the least.
Entergy, owner of the Vernon nuclear reactor, continues to assert it practices impeccable maintenance protocol. If that is the case, it’s hard to understand why wooden beams and piping to the Connecticut River failed, sending water gushing to the ground.
We can’t fault the anti-nuclear activists, who must be saying, “We told you so.” We’re waiting for the NRC — and Entergy — to outline the cause of the failure and tell the truth plainly.
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