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‘Decommissioning’ nuclear reactors becoming unaffordable

The fund, set up to pay for the Vernon reactor’s eventual dismantlement and removal of radioactive components, has come under fire from lawmakers and nuclear watchdog groups as having less in it than will be needed…..

Vt. auditor: Raise nuke plant shutdown fund checks  BusinessWeek, 31 Aug 2010, MONTPELIER, Vt.Vermont state Auditor Tom Salmon says the state should do a better job tracking the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant’s decommissioning fund.
The fund, set up to pay for the Vernon reactor’s eventual dismantlement and removal of radioactive components, has come under fire from lawmakers and nuclear watchdog groups as having less in it than will be needed…..

The report notes the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission pointed to an $87 million shortfall in the fund at the end of 2008. And it says that didn’t take into account the costs of spent fuel management and restoring the site after shutdown.

The plant is owned by New Orleans-based Entergy Corp.

Vt. auditor: Raise nuke plant shutdown fund checks – BusinessWeek

September 1, 2010 - Posted by | business and costs, decommission reactor, USA | , , , , , ,

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