Nuclear, Waste Management & Decommissioning

Retired nuclear power plant land to join wildlife refuge

A 38-acre property owned by the operator of the now shuttered Connecticut Yankee nuclear power plant has been sold to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The property, adjacent to the 544-acre site of the plant itself, will become part of the Salmon River Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. The plant operator sold the property for $900,000 dollars.

There are no plans at present for the site of the former plant itself to become part of the refuge, as it is still in use as a spent fuel storage facility awaiting the development of a federal policy on what to do with spent nuclear fuel from around the country.

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