Drought Nearly Shuts Down Vermont Yankee

Wednesday September 29 4:13 AM ET

- (VERNON, VT) -- Vermont Yankee, the nuclear power plant in Vernon, was nearly shut down this summer by the drought and heat. The plant is allowed under its license to use water from the Connecticut River to cool its reactors, as long as the water temperature stays below 85 degrees. The reactor's operations superintendent told the State Nuclear Advisory Panel this week that drought conditions during the summer created serious cooling problems for the plant. River temperatures came within two degrees of shutting the plant down.