updated 1/8/2009 7:07:56 PM ET 2009-01-09T00:07:56

Vermont's lone nuclear power plant is cutting the amount of power it generates by 60 percent after finding a leak of mildly radioactive water.

A spokesman for the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant says the system that supplies water for steam generation in the reactor was found Thursday to be leaking 60 drops per minute.

Plant operators began reducing power about 12:10 p.m., and they plan to isolate the 24-inch pipe in order to begin repairing it.

Spokesman Rob Williams says the leak is unrelated to one in a valve gasket that was reported Wednesday.

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