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The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant stopped producing electricity this week for New England's energy grid, but that doesn't mean all operations at the plant will cease.

The plant now needs to be decommissioned — a process that is very expensive and can take decades.

Edwin Lyman, an expert on nuclear power safety and security and a senior scientist for the Union of Concerned Scientists, tells Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd what it takes to decommission a nuclear plant and why the future of nuclear power depends on economics.


  • Edwin Lyman, senior scientist for the Union of Concerned Scientists.

This segment aired on January 1, 2015.