Safety violations found at Millstone Power Plant

Millstone nuclear power plant in Waterford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bob Child)

WATERFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Connecticut’s nuclear plant is in trouble with federal inspectors. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it found three violations at the Waterford site.

The last thing you want to hear is that a nuclear power plant is being cited for safety violations. However, the nuclear regulatory commission says the violations it found at the Millstone Power Plant in Waterford are of very low significance.

So what exactly did federal inspectors find? First, officials say two contractors working on contaminated pipes that were radioactive failed to wear respirators required by the plant.  Second, a machinist set off an alarm and breathed in radio active dust-like material. Regulators say there was no concern for overexposure.  Finally, Millstone was cited for not having redundant means to monitor water levels in a coolant system.  These violations were found during a quarterly inspection of the power plant back in june.

A spokesperson for Millstone says the violations will be corrected.

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