Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Brattleboro on Tuesday

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BRATTLEBORO — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a hearing on Tuesday at Brattleboro Area Middle School to discuss community involvement and citizen advisory boards associated with nuclear plant decommission activities.

Vermont already has the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel, which is working on issues associated with the decommissioning of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon.

The Brattleboro meeting is one of 10 planned around the country in communities affected by nuclear plant decommissioning. A similar meeting will be held the next night in Plymouth, Mass., about the decommissioning of the Pilgrim nuclear plant.

The meeting will also give the public an opportunity to talk to the NRC to hear about "lessons learned" by the citizen advisory panel.

"Communities impacted by the decommissioning of nuclear plants deserve a role in shaping decommissioning plans," said U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. The communities "bear the brunt of the safety, environmental and economic impacts of plant closure."

Vermont Yankee, which was closed in 2014 by its then-owner Entergy Nuclear of Jackson, Miss., is now owned by NorthStar Holding Co., a New York City industrial demolition company. NorthStar started the decommissioning and dismantlement of several structures at the Vernon plant immediately.

Tuesday's meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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