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Health officials to monitor Vt. Yankee closing

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

The state's health department says it will be watching as Vermont Yankee shuts down starting next year.

The Vermont Department of Health will continue to monitor the environment around the plant and keep an eye out for possible radiation leaks. But in general, they say a shutdown plant only gets safer as the years pass and the radioactive material decays.

"With the shutdown there's no pressure inside, there's no boiling water inside, there's a lot less chance of a release of significance," said Dr. Bill Irwin, the chief of radiological and toxicological sciences for the Vt. Department of Health.

The plant doesn't have enough storage right now to hold all of its spent nuclear fuel casks, so Entergy will have to build new space.

The Health Department says it will continue to get reports on those casks and keep an eye on their safety.

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