Regulators get an earful from plant critics and supporters

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People on both sides of the nuclear power issue turned out in Brattleboro to speak their minds to a panel of the U-S Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The hearing last night part of the NRC’s fact-finding on Vermont Yankee’s request for permission to operate for 20 years past its scheduled 2012 shutdown. Opponents say the 35-year-old plant is showing its age lately and should be shut down permanently, but supporters told the panel that Vermont needs the electricity produced by the Vernon power plant.


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