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Federal agencies talk about Vermont Yankee's request to reduce emergency planning


MONTPELIER, Vermont — Two federal agencies are talking about a request from the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to reduce its emergency planning operations after it shuts down at the end of the year.

Vermont Public Radio reports ( ) that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency for its input on the changes requested by plant owner Entergy Corp.

The Associated Press reported earlier this month that Vermont Yankee wants to stop more than $2 million in annual payments for emergency planning in the region. A watchdog group opposes that, saying nuclear waste on-site will create continuing risks.

VPR reports that among things that would be affected by the reductions would be the Joint Information Center, which was set up to provide public information in emergencies.

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