Vermont Yankee's problems continue. Here's what the Rutland Herald's Susan Smallheer reported this morning:
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission confirmed Tuesday evening that a large fiberglass pipe in the recently rebuilt cooling towers at Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor had developed an 18-inch crack and was leaking water.
Another crack developed in a joint in another location along the same pipe, a spokeswoman for the NRC said.
The disclosure of the cracks in the large distribution or header pipe in the east cooling tower comes after Entergy recently completed rebuilding the infrastructure of the two cooling towers over the past three years, after the western tower partially collapsed in August 2007.
The news came up at a NRC meeting in Brattleboro Tuesday night. I'm sure it was the focus of the meeting. Right? Oh, wait.
Until the issue was brought up by Raymond Shadis, senior technical advisor to the nuclear watchdog group The New England Coalition, about two hours into the meeting, neither Entergy nor NRC officials had mentioned the problem, which was discovered Thursday by Entergy. The leaks have already undergone a temporary repair, according to Entergy spokesman Larry Smith.
The above photo is from the 2007 cooling tower collapse.