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Closing Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant gets state water discharge permit

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MONTPELIER, Vermont — State regulators have issued the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant a permit to discharge heated water into the Connecticut River.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources says Monday's issuance of the permit for the Vernon plant will protect water quality and fisheries in the Connecticut River while the plant enters its final phase of operation.

The two-year permit addresses the discharge from the facility while it is generating power, allows the company time to establish a post-closure operation regime, and gives the agency time to evaluate and what the plant discharges after it closes.

The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant is scheduled to cease operations at the end of the year.

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