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At first the high radiation readings seemed like it could be a big problem, but afterward Vermont Yankee nuclear plant officials said they were false alarms.

Yankee reported to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) last Wednesday that a radiation detector on the plant’s refueling floor issued notifications that it was getting high readings twice, once in June, once in July.

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Plant spokesman Robert Williams says the plant’s ventilation system began shutting down, as it’s designed to do when there is a recording of high radiation readings. But he said follow-up checks showed the high readings were false.

Williams said officials addressed the problem with the replacement of four radiation detectors in the plant.

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