Yankee reduces power output to repair small leak

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(Host) The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is reducing its power output for several days so workers can fix a small leak.

Yankee spokesman Rob Williams said the repairs are needed to prevent a small amount of water from the Connecticut River from leaking into the plant’s condenser.

The nuclear reactor heats water into steam to spin turbines that produce electricity. The condenser is used to convert the steam back into water for re-use in the plant’s boilers.

The plant’s power output will be reduced to 45% for several days. Williams said workers will fix the leak with a plug. He said the leak is about one-quarter of a gallon a minute.

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