Vermont delegation wants more time on decommissioning rules

The Associated Press

Vermont's congressional delegation is asking the U.S. NRC to allow more time for public participation.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's congressional delegation is asking the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to allow more time for public participation as it considers draft rules on dismantling nuclear plants.

The NRC has been working for some time on draft rules around nuclear decommissioning, and is now seeking the public's input. It's planning a public hearing and a public comment period that closes Jan. 4.

Sens. Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy and Congressman Peter Welch have joined members of the Massachusetts delegation in writing to the NRC to say that's not enough.

Sanders, who serves on the Senate committee that oversees the NRC, has urged the agency to hold a public hearing in each state where a nuclear plant is currently being decommissioned.

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