Survey of Vermont nuclear plant shows areas of contamination

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A survey of groundwater and soil of the Vermont Yankee site turned up 17 “areas of concern” for contamination.

Five of the areas of nuclear power plant in Vernon are so polluted that they require additional cleanup, representatives from NorthStar Nuclear Decommissioning Co. said last week.

There are 17 areas that are mostly polluted from oil products — specifically from diesel fuel or fuel oil — and are located near underground pipes carrying the oil, Corey Daniels, NorthStar’s decommissioning manager, told members of the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizen Advisory Panel on Thursday.

Vermont Yankee closed in 2014 after operating for 42 years. State regulators approved the sale of the plant to NorthStar in December 2018.

NorthStar is working with state officials to locate and clean up any contamination as part of the overall decommissioning of the nuclear plant, the Brattleboro Reformer reported.

The company said it will complete a revised plan in the first quarter of 2020 that will include requests from state environmental officials.

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