Vermont Yankee owner defends use of fund for spent fuel

The Associated Press

A spokesman for the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant is defending the plant's planned use of money from its decommissioning fund for storage of highly radioactive spent reactor fuel on the plant site.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A spokesman for the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant is defending the plant's planned use of money from its decommissioning fund for storage of highly radioactive spent reactor fuel on the plant site.

Vermont Yankee spokesman Martin Cohn was responding to the most recent petition by the state to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission questioning the plant's management of the fund.

A key question is whether a fund set aside for dismantling a nuclear plant can be used for long-term storage of spent fuel on site. That issue stems from the federal government's failure to open a national nuclear waste disposal site.

Cohn calls the state's petition to the NRC without merit, and says the plant's use of money from the fund has been appropriate.

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