- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) - Towns surrounding the now-closed Vermont Yankee plant in Vernon are beginning to scale back emergency planning as the facility progresses further into the decommissioning process.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports (https://bit.ly/1SEvo4m ) that only a “catastrophic” event would require a response from outside towns to the former nuclear power plant that shut down for good in December 2014.

Brattleboro Fire Chief Mike Bucossi told selectmen Tuesday that he’s been working with emergency management to condense their radiological plan.

Bucossi says April 15 is the target date for when fuel rods previously removed from the reactor will be considered “cool wet storage.”

An Entergy Vermont Yankee spokesman says any emergency events following that date will be handled by an employee trained to extinguish basic fires and work with off-site agencies.

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Information from: Brattleboro Reformer, https://www.reformer.com/


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