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Nuclear watchdog group wants tougher storage of waste

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A nuclear watchdog group is pushing for the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to use a more robust storage system for highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel than has been envisioned so far.

Vermont Yankee owner Entergy has been using large concrete and steel casks on a concrete pad to store waste from the reactor, which closed 15 months ago. The company is asking to expand that waste storage.

With legal papers due at the Public Service Board on Tuesday, the New England Coalition is asking for a review of whether the plant should be required to use storage casks embedded in the ground.

New England Coalition technical adviser Raymond Shadis says the group is asking for the type of cask and other issues to be more thoroughly investigated.

In related news, Vermont working on new rules to continue solar expansion.

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