VERNON, Vt. (AP) - A spokesman for the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant says it experienced a small leak of radioactive steam last week, but that the leak was contained and the public was not in danger.
Yankee spokesman Rob Williams tells Vermont Public Radio the leak was discovered by a worker doing maintenance on a pipe. He said the problem was corrected immediately and that air sampling monitoring confirmed extremely low radioactivity, well within the limits set in the plant's operating license.
The steam condensed into water. Bill Irwin, the state's radiological health chief, said the water was collected in a drum and did not leak into the environment or groundwater.
The plant is scheduled to be closed at the end of 2014.
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