Vermont Yankee most likely did not exceed radiation limits in 2004

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A state consultant has found that the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant most likely did not exceed state limits for radiation emanating from the Vernon site in 2004, contrary to a state report.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities also recommended that Vermont update its regulations for radiation exposure around Vermont Yankee, noting that they predate and are five times as stringent as limits issued by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Bill Irwin, chief of radiological health at the state Department of Health, said that he agreed that radiation readings taken in 2004 likely overstated the amount of radiation emanating from the plant.

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