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Officials: Plant radiation monitors need repair

February 22, 2009 11:43:43 AM PST
Concerns are being raised that not all the radiation monitors at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in Lacey are in proper working order. Department of Environmental Protection officials say three of the 19 radiation monitors have not worked for more than a year and that occasionally all 19 monitors are out of service at the same time.

DEP officials stress that there are other ways to measure radiation and that the faulty monitors do not place the public at risk.

The devices are meant to help detect and track any radiation release from the plant and determine who should be evacuated.

DEP officials tell the Asbury Park Press that they're working on fixing the problem. Critics say they're concerned that budget cuts may affect repairs.

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Information from: Asbury Park Press, http://www.app.com

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