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Vt. lawmakers hear from nuclear waste critic

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A former U.S. Department of Energy official says nuclear plants like Vermont Yankee pose big risks in the operation of their spent fuel pools.

The testimony before a House committee from Robert Alvarez, a senior scholar at the Washington-based Institute for Policy Studies, comes as some lawmakers are urging that Vermont consider a new tax on the highly radioactive nuclear waste being stored at Vermont Yankee.

Alvarez, a former senior policy adviser at the federal Department of Energy, told the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee on Thursday that Vermont Yankee has generated more than 600 metric tons of high-level radioactive waste during its 41 years of operation.

He called for quicker movement of waste from the pool to what he says is safer dry cask storage.

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