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Follow VPR's coverage of Vermont Yankee, from the archive and continuing through the plant's planned closure in 2014.Most Recent Reporting | From The Archive

Yankee Radiation Monitor Again Gives False Reading

A radiation monitor at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant showed faulty readings last week, a continuation of a problem that has plagued the plant several times this summer.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission told state officials that a monitor experienced “spurious spiking” on Aug. 19.  The NRC said the device showed false high levels, similar to incidents involving other monitors in June and July.

NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan said no radiation was released and that Yankee technicians have replaced some of the equipment.

“The problems involving the monitors was resulting in false indications of spikes in radiation. So obviously that puts an unnecessary burden on the operators, so we expected the company to go ahead and get that repaired,” he said. “They’ve done that and we’ll continue to keep an eye on it to make sure there aren’t further problems.”

The NRC told the state in a letter that the most recent incident involved a radiation detector that was replaced in the last month.

John worked for VPR in 2001-2021 as reporter and News Director. Previously, John was a staff writer for the Sunday Times Argus and the Sunday Rutland Herald, responsible for breaking stories and in-depth features on local issues. He has also served as Communications Director for the Vermont Health Care Authority and Bureau Chief for UPI in Montpelier.
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