VY license extension delayed

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission put a temporary hold on a 20-year license extension for the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant because of a staff shortage while the agency has sent resources to Japan to assist with the nuclear power plant crisis.

The commission approved the extension March 10 even though the Vermont state Senate blocked the plant’s license extension because of several tritium leaks.

Opponents of the plant are asking for the delay to be extended so the agency can make sure the reactor is safe because it is the same design as the one in Japan that was damaged after a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit the island March 11. President Obama has said the U.S. will continue to build new nuclear reactors.

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