September 29, 2011
BRATTLEBORO — The Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor remained at below 50 percent power Wednesday as Entergy Nuclear technicians worked to repair electrical controls on a key cooling pump.
Entergy Nuclear spokesman Laurence Smith said that Yankee remained at 46 percent power, although the reactor dipped to 39 percent power earlier in the day as technicians performed some tests.
Neil Sheehan, a spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said that Entergy was still “trouble-shooting” the problem, which caused one of two recirculation pumps to stop working Sunday night.
Entergy reconfigured the flow of the existing operating pump, so the plant did not have to shut down, but must remain at reduced power until it is fixed, Sheehan said.
Smith said that some of the Entergy administrative staff had moved back into the corporate offices on Old Ferry Road in Brattleboro, which was hit by an arsonist last week.
Brattleboro Police Chief Eugene Wrinn said the arson case remained under investigation.