Published: Oct 27, 2010 4:50 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 27, 2010 1:50 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) - Florida Power & Light employees have found a hole in the steel liner of a nuclear reactor containment building at the Turkey Point plant near Homestead.

FPL says the rusty, quarter-sized hole and a 30-inch section of corrosion were found Monday during an inspection while the reactor was shut down for refueling.

The quarter-inch-thick liner is designed to prevent any release of radiation if the reactor fails.

The company says the damage is being repaired and it did not affect the health of the public or the plant's workers.

FPL says it has notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of the "non-emergency" problem.