Vermont Yankee to store low level waste on site

06/05/08 6:34AM

The owner of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant says it has enough room to store low-level radioactive waste on its site in Vernon for 10 years.

Entergy Nuclear plans to start doing so next month, after the current facility that accepts the waste -- in Barnwell, South Carolina -- closes.

Vermont Yankee is one of 36 nuclear plants around the country that have been sending low-level radioactive waste -- plant waste excluding the highly radioactive spent fuel -- to Barnwell.

The South Carolina site's closing leaves both Vermont Yankee and the state's hospitals without the place that had been accepting low-level radioactive waste.

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