Work under way to fix nuke cooling tower

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The cooling tower that collapsed last summer at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is going to be repaired by the time the weather warms up.

The August collapse of a section of the cooling tower was caused by the deterioration of portion of a wooden support column.

Those sections are being replaced with new beams made of plastic reinforced with fiberglass.

Plant spokesman Rob Williams says the new materials should make the cooling tower easier to inspect and maintain.

The collapse left a gaping, broken pipe spewing thousands of gallons of water onto a pile of rubble. It forced the plant to reduce power because it needs the towers in summer months to cool water taken from the Connecticut River before it is returned to the river.

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