Nuclear Regulatory Commission Cancels Closed-Door Meeting

04/01/10 6:06AM

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has canceled its plans to host a closed-door meeting with elected officials about the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

The meeting was organized to give elected officials the chance to meet with federal regulators without the press and public listening.

But the idea of an invitation-only meeting about Vermont's troubled nuclear power plant didn't sit well with many, including the state's congressional delegation.

Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch said the private meeting would fuel public skepticism about oversight of the plant.

Yankee recently plugged a leak of radioactive tritium.

The NRC has agreed to incorporate the meeting into a "public open house" already scheduled for April 12th in Brattleboro.

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