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Vermont Yankee nuclear plant closed last year but is not expected to be deconstructed until 2068.  (Toby Talbot/AP)
Vermont Yankee nuclear plant closed last year but is not expected to be deconstructed until 2068. (Toby Talbot/AP)
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Entergy Corporation announced Tuesday it will close Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station no later than June 1, 2019. That includes decommissioning the plant, a process that can take up to 60 years to complete and includes moving the spent fuel from the site.

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Rod McCullum, senior director of used fuel and decommissioning at the Nuclear Energy Institute, which tweets @NEI.

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WBUR: 43-Year-Old Pilgrim Nuclear Plant In Plymouth To Close Permanently

  • "Entergy Corp. said in a statement it will close the plant, which provides 680 megawatts of energy to Massachusetts, 'because of poor market conditions, reduced revenues and increased operational costs.' "

This segment aired on October 14, 2015.

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