By SUSAN SMALLHEER Rutland Herald Staff – Published: February 17, 2009
BRATTLEBORO — A valve leaking more than 3,600 gallons of radioactive water a day at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power station, discovered seven weeks ago, still hasn’t been fixed, an Entergy Nuclear official said Monday.
Several attempts to fix the leaking gasket, contained in a 4-inch pipe in the reactor’s clean-out system, have failed, according to Robert Williams, company spokesman.
Williams said company engineers will attempt to reinstall a sealant this week.
The company announced the discovery of the leak in early January, saying the leak had been discovered two weeks earlier.
According to Neil Sheehan, spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Entergy has tried at least three times to fix the problem, traced to a faulty gasket in a valve in the reactor’s clean-out system.
Sheehan said the leak was now down to one-tenth of a gallon a minute, but he said he didn’t know how long the leak had been reduced. He said the water was “slightly radioactive.”
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