The owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant say they’ll apply by the end of March to store highly radioactive spent fuel in dry casks on the plant grounds in Vernon. Entergy Nuclear will ask the Public Service Board for a certificate of public good to build the new storage capacity.
Entergy also is trying to get the Legislature to give the green light for dry-cask storage. The plant is expected to run out of room in its spent fuel pool by 2007 or 2008. The long-promised federal disposal site for high-level nuclear waste has yet to open.