- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 21, 2016

VERNON, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Public Service Board has approved a request to build a second dry fuel storage pad at a closed Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon.

The board on Monday issued a certificate of public good for the project, which will give plant owner Entergy Corp. additional capacity to store spent nuclear waste.

Entergy already has a single pad for spent fuel. The company had asked to construct a second pad to build additional dry cask storage units for the nuclear waste.

Entergy officials say the decision will allow the company to achieve a goal of transferring all the spent nuclear fuel to dry casks by the end of 2020.

It hopes to have the second pad built before the end of 2017.

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