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Feds withhold Vermont Yankee report from public

Federal regulators released their the long-awaited draft report on a proposed power uprate at the Vermont Yankee, but only to the nuclear power station’s owners, not the public — claiming the information it contains is proprietary.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s safety evaluation was also sent Friday to the Advisory Commission on Reactor Safeguards, a quasi-independent panel within the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that is scheduled to convene at the Quality Inn in Brattleboro Nov. 15-16 to hear arguments filed by the state of Vermont and the New England Coalition.

Both parties are formally designated as intervenors in the case before the NRC, in which Vermont Yankee officials are seeking approval to increase power output at the plant by 20 percent.

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