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Vermont Yankee nuke plant to close by end of 2014

VERNON, Vt. — Entergy Corp. says it will shut down the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station by end of 2014, ending a long legal battle with the state.

The New Orleans-based company announced Tuesday that the plant is expected to cease power production after its current fuel cycle and move to safe shutdown in the fourth quarter of 2014. The station will remain under the oversight of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission throughout the decommissioning process.

The company has been battling with the state since 2010. That’s when the Vermont Senate voted against a measure that would have authorized a state board to grant Vermont Yankee a permit to operate for an additional 20 years.

Vermont Yankee, the state’s only nuclear plant, opened in 1972 in Vernon. In the past, the plant has provided as much as a third of the state’s electrical supply.



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