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1st step taken in Vermont Yankee shutdown

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant's owners have taken the first of two formal notification steps to let the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission know the plant is shutting down.

An Entergy Corp. executive wrote to the NRC on Monday to submit formal notification of intent to shut the Vernon reactor down in the fourth quarter of next year.

The company says it doesn't have a specific shutdown date yet because it's not certain when the fuel now in the reactor will be completely spent. The company says it will provide a final shutdown date later.

NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan says the shutdown becomes all but irrevocable only when fuel is moved from the reactor.

Vermont Yankee announced last month it was shutting down for economic reasons.

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