More than 200 workers urge support for Vermont Yankee

05/05/09 6:06AM

Employees of Vermont Yankee nuclear plant want state lawmakers to defeat a bill that would require the plant's owners to beef up its decommissioning fund.

Wearing stickers that said "Support Vermont Yankee," more than 200 of them spent the lunch hour Monday buttonholing lawmakers, asking them to defeat the bill.

The House is expected Tuesday to take up Senate amendments to a bill that, as passed by the House, calls for more than $350 million to be added to the fund by 2020 if the plant shuts down in 2012.

The Senate version of the bill would require an infusion of cash into the fund if the Vermont Yankee plant is sold.

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