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Public Meeting Will Address Nuclear Plant Shutdown Plan

The nearly $1 billion plan to decommission the Kewaunee nuclear power plant will be front and center at a public meeting in Kewaunee Wednesday.

The owner of the plant, Dominion Resources, has announced it will shut down the facility on May 7.

That will start a decades-long process to transform the Kewaunee Power Station into "greenfield" status -- getting the site to look like it did in the 1960s.

Dominion has 60 years to achieve that goal. 

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the federal government is responsible for the cleanup of the spent fuel, meaning taxpayers will be responsible for paying the cost of placing spent fuel in storage and a possible move to a long-term disposal site. That cost is pegged at $342 million, or about one-third of the $920 million total cost Dominion is forecasting for the decommissioning of the reactor.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is hosting Wednesday's meeting to discuss and take input on the shutdown plan. The meeting is planned for 7-9 p.m. at the Kewaunee City Council Chambers, 401 Fifth St. in Kewaunee.


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