* Update below: Leaky valve has been replaced *
The drip, drip, drip of bad news keeps coming for Entergy Vermont Yankee. Plant officials notified federal and state regulators yesterday that it found, and fixed, a leaky relief valve inside the reactor's containment vessel.
The new leak comes on the heels of leak in one of Vermont Yankee's buried pipes discovered two weeks ago.
The leak was stopped by afternoon, which means the plant didn't have to go into an automatic shutdown within 24 hours. But, the plant is now in a "limited condition of operation" for seven days while it fully replaces the valve. That means the plant's operators have one week to replace the valve or the plant will have to shut down per U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations.