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Dept of Health: Higher gamma radiation measured at VT Yankee 

This morning, the Vermont Department of Health issued its most recent comprehensive report on public health surveillance of the accident-plagued Vermont Yankee nuke plant in Vernon. The report, which covers the first full year of monitoring following the 20 percent power "uprate," details "higher direct gamma radiation measured at the [fence line] boundary site..." 

According to the report, the increased dose of radiation was expected due to the uprate and falls well below federal limits of what's considered safe for human health.

Obviously, the NRC knows best what's safe for human health, right?

The department's report also includes an analysis of the health of people who live in the six towns near the plant, which found there is no "statistically significant difference" between their overall health and that of anyone else in Windham County.

Meanwhile, Health Commissioner Wendy Davis said the state is "keeping a constant and close watch" on radiation measurements at the site.

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Ken Picard

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Ken Picard has been a Seven Days staff writer since 2002. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Vermont Press Association's 2005 Mavis Doyle award, a general excellence prize for reporters.

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