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Vt. officials voice concerns over Yankee problems

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Recent maintenance problems at Vermont Yankee have prompted state officials to voice their concerns to federal regulators.

The first incident happened at the Vernon plant last Monday when workers were testing the ventilation system in a reactor building and a 6-by-10-foot "blowout panel" blew out due to over pressurization. A cable meant to hold that panel also broke.

Then, over the weekend, workers discovered a problem with a leaking manhole cover that had led to minor flooding.

Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia says the incidents again raise concerns about systemic problems at Yankee.

"This is a relatively minor issue in the scheme of things, but it did point out that there were a couple of systems that just didn't work the way they were supposed to. And the concern from my standpoint is, how did the NRC look at those systems in this aging plant-- how did they look at them and decide, oh yeah, these will be good for another 20 years," said Chris Recchia of the Vt. Public Service Department.

Yankee officials have said the problems have been addressed and that prior to the current refueling the plant operated continuously without incident.

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