Vermont Yankee nuke seeks to end emergency zone

The company that owns the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant wants to do away with the 10-mile emergency planning zone surrounding the reactor after it ceases operation later this year.

The zone around the Vernon reactor includes towns in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

In the formal request filed by the Entergy Nuclear, Site Vice President Christopher J. Wamser says that within just under 16 months of the shutdown, the spent fuel pool will have decayed to the extent that no additional actions will be needed.

The Greenfield Recorder  reports that if Entergy’s request is approved, the zone would be eliminated in April 2016.

Deborah Katz, president of Citizens Awareness Network, which has opposed Vermont Yankee for years, says Entergy’s request is a cost-saving move.

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