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Decommissioning nuclear plant a long process

The 56-megawatt Kewaunee Power Station in Carlton shut down Tuesday. (AP File Photo/Dominion Resources Inc.)

CARLTON, Wis. (AP) — The Kewaunee nuclear power plant may have been disconnected from the power grid, but the process to decommission the facility will take a long time.

Kewaunee County economic developers want to know when the 900-acre site will be ready for redevelopment. But the plant’s owner, Dominion Resources says that won’t happen until decommissioning is complete. And that could take six decades.

The Herald Times Reporter says nuclear fuel rods removed from the reactor will remain in the cooling pool at the plant for about seven years. Then they will be put into a dry cask. According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the spent fuel will be removed from the site by the end of the 60-year decommissioning period.

Information from: Herald Times Reporter, http://www.htrnews.com

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