(Host) After the deluge of rain from Irene on Sunday, many Vermonters worried that the safety of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant could be compromised. The plant has the same design as the Fukushima plant in Japan.
Peter Coffey, the deputy director of operations at Vermont Emergency Management, says there’s no reason to be concerned.
(Coffey) "The winds didn’t come up as were earlier predicted. They didn’t get any severe flooding there. Their biggest concern was the intakes of the water that comes into their cooling system from the Connecticut River with debris, and that has not happened."
(Host) FEMA and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are sending a team in to do an inspection of Vermont Yankee. They will also be confirming that all evacuation routes around the plant are clear.