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Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Vermont finds contaminated fish as nuclear debate rages

Tue Aug 2, 2011 4:37pm EDT

 * Vermont Yankee could close by March 2012
* Entergy fighting for reactor survival
NEW YORK, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Vermont health regulators said
on Tuesday they found a fish containing radioactive material in
the Connecticut River near Entergy's (ETR.N) Vermont Yankee
nuclear power plant which could be another setback for Entergy
to keep it running.
The state said it needs to do more testing to determine the
source of the Strontium-90, which can cause bone cancer and
leukemia.
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin wants the 620 megawatts
reactor shut in March 2012 when its original operating license
was to expire.
"Today's troubling news from the Vermont Department of
Health is another example of Entergy Louisiana putting their
shareholders' profits above the welfare of Vermonters," Shumlin
said in a statement.
"I am asking my Health Department to keep a close eye on
test results moving forward to determine the extent of any
contamination that has reached the environment."

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