MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A top Vermont utility regulator says she's not satisfied with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's response to her concern that a string of small problems at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant may add up to something larger.
Elizabeth Miller, commissioner of the Department of Public Service, says she wrote to the NRC this week to ask whether it was time for the federal agency to step up inspections at the Vernon reactor, given a recent string of minor problems at the plant.
NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan says the agency believes the incidents were unrelated to one another, and that none of them crosses the threshold that warrants increased inspections by the agency.
But Miller says most of them had a common element - human error.
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