Title

"The Talk of Maine" piece on how the recent nuclear plant problems in Japan are

Authors

Colin Woodward

Source

Down East

Date

6-1-2011

Pages

49-52

Abstract

"The Talk of Maine" piece on how the recent nuclear plant problems in Japan are focusing attention on the potential dangers associated with the remains of Maine Yankee and any plans for future new nuclear plants in Maine. Although Maine Yankee in Wiscasset closed in 1997 and the plant was dismantled, the most radioactive parts of the plant ù such as 1,434 spent fuel rods and pieces of the reactor vessel ù remain on site, encased in concrete, monitored and protected by armed guards. The Wiscasset facility is relatively safe due to its design and operational history. But delays in the creation of a national storage site mean that Maine and other states are still responsible for monitoring and protecting spent fuel, despite having already paid disposal fees to the federal government.

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