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Maine and Vermont's Yankee connection: Nuclear shutdown, natural gas, dry casks

from The Bangor Daily News

After a 42-year run, the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor recently stopped sending electricity into the region's grid. The reactor's shutdown has implications for Maine's electric ratepayers since it accelerates New England's growing dependence on a single source — natural gas — for electricity, a phenomenon that has meant higher electricity prices this winter. And as attention shifts to the long decommissioning process that lies ahead at the reactor site in Vernon, Vermont, the shutdown also highlights the failure of the federal government to follow through with a permanent solution for storage of nuclear waste. more

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