40-year-old nuke plant draws calls for clo­sure

The Washington Times Daily - - Nation -

MONTPELIER | Groups crit­i­cal of the Ver­mont Yan­kee nu­clear plant are ob­serv­ing the fa­cil­ity’s 40th birth­day by re­new­ing their calls for the plant to be shut down.

Ver­mont Yan­kee’s ini­tial 40-year li­cense ex­pires Wed­nes­day. It has won ap­proval from the fed­eral Nu­clear Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion to op­er­ate an ad­di­tional 20 years. The state Public Ser­vice Board has yet to rule on the plant’s fu­ture, but the Ver­non re­ac­tor is ex­pected to con­tinue op­er­at­ing in the mean­time.

The Ver­mont Public In­ter­est Re­search Group, Con­ser­va­tion Law Foun­da­tion and other groups say plant owner En­tergy Corp. isn’t trust­wor­thy and that the plant is un­re­li­able.

A pro-yan­kee group, the Ver­mont En­ergy Part­ner­ship, which in­cludes En­tergy, re­sponded by re­leas­ing a state­ment on a study show­ing eco­nomic harm to south­east­ern Ver­mont if the plant is closed.

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