Retired nuclear plant's 37 sirens may sound for last time

The Associated Press

All 37 emergency sirens surrounding the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant are scheduled to sound together next weekend for what may be their last time.  The plant's emergency prepar

VERNON, Vt. (AP) — All 37 emergency sirens surrounding the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant are scheduled to sound together next weekend for what may be their last time.

The plant's emergency preparedness team has tested the sirens in the plant's emergency evacuation zone annually, but the facility closed at the end of last year.

Vermont Yankee spokesman Martin Cohn says the plant has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for permission to stand down its emergency planning activities in April.

The NRC has yet to issue a decision on that request. Cohn says tests on individual sirens will continue at least until April.

On Saturday at noon, the 37 sirens will sound for three minutes at noon. They're located in the Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire towns located within 10 miles of Vermont Yankee.

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