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Drills to continue following Vt. Yankee announcement

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BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) - Emergency management officials say the planned closing of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant isn't likely to affect ongoing evacuation drills.

Towns in the Emergency Planning Zone are continuing with training for potential emergencies.

The Entergy Corp. said Tuesday it plans to shut down the plant in October 2014.

Mark Bosma, public information officer for the Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, tells the Brattleboro Reformer emergency drills will continue.

Towns in the zone hold four drills a year and every other year the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency require graded drills, which simulate a nuclear release.

Some towns receive thousands of dollars every year to support local radiological officers, pager carriers and other positions.

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