Activists protest plan to transport nuclear waste to Texas

September 19, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Environmental activists are campaigning against a bill that would establish mobile storage canisters for nuclear waste to be transported to southern states like Texas.

The group Citizens Awareness Network brought a mock radioactive waste cask to Montpelier Monday. The group says nuclear waste should remain in place and well-protected, until a better disposal option comes along that won’t put the public at risk.

The activists are opposing a plan to ship nuclear waste from the decommissioned Vermont Yankee plant to interim storage sites in Andrews County, Texas and Hobbs, New Mexico.

All of Vermont Yankee’s highly radioactive spent fuel is currently stored in 58 steel and concrete casks at the Vernon site. The group will bring the mock cask to Brattleboro on Wednesday night.

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