Lawmakers study Vermont Yankee inspection bill

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A Senate panel is taking testimony on what sort of independent safety assessment Vermont Yankee ought to get before lawmakers decide whether the nuclear plant should get a license extension.

Independent safety assessment is the sort of inspection that preceded the shutdown of the Maine Yankee plant in 1996, and anti-nuclear activists have been seeking the same procedure at Vermont Yankee for years.

The Douglas administration recently agreed that it also wants an independent safety assessment at Vermont Yankee.

The Senate Finance Committee is looking at a bill that would define exactly what independent safety assessment means.

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