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Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant To Close

This is an undated file photo shows aerial view of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, Vt. (AP)

This is an undated file photo shows aerial view of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, Vt. (AP)

Anti-nuclear power activists are celebrating today’s announcement that Vermont Yankee will close, with the decommissioning process beginning late next year.

But despite a legal battle with the state and nearly constant protests since it opened in 1972, the the plant’s owner, Entergy, says activists can’t take all the credit; costly regulations and an aging facility played a part in the shut-down decision.

“Natural gas has undergone a transformational shift in supply due to shale gas, and that’s resulted in sustainable low natural gas prices, and also carries over into low wholesale energy prices,” says Bill Mohl, a senior executive at Entergy.

You can read the company’s statement on Vermont Yankee here.

WBUR’s Sacha Pfeiffer spoke with Vermont’s governor, a long-time opponent of the nuclear power plant, about its upcoming closure.

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Peter Shumlin, governor of Vermont.


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