Featured on 40:     Well Wishes for Alex     Parade Slideshow     Gas Prices     Weather Discussion    
Watch ABC40 News Live!   (View)

Drills Continuing Following Vt. Yankee Announcement

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 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.


WGGB encourages readers to share their thoughts and engage in healthy dialogue about the issues. Comments containing personal attacks, profanity, offensive language or advertising will be removed. Please use the report comment function for any posts you feel should be reviewed. Thank you.
blog comments powered by Disqus