- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

VERNON, Vt. (AP) - Seven Vermont towns are writing their budgets without emergency planning money from the shuttered Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

Vermont Public Radio reports (https://bit.ly/1J63avP ) the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says Entergy Vermont Yankee can eliminate the 10-mile emergency planning zone around the plant now that the reactor has been shut down. That means nearby towns won’t be getting the money Vermont Yankee has doled out each year.

Vernon, Brattleboro, Guilford, Halifax, Marlboro and Dummerston each received annual payments before the plant shut down last year. Those were about $32,000 last year. Westminster also got some money because the town has an emergency reception center.

Entergy paid out about $2 million to fund emergency planning and radiological testing this year. Officials are negotiating for the company to continue making payments.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, https://www.vpr.net


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