Vermont nuclear plant permitted to discharge water

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 5, 2014 at 10:08 am •  Published: July 5, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant can continue discharging millions of gallons of heated water into the Connecticut River until the plant shuts down later this year.

That's according to a draft state permit released earlier this week.

The Times Argus ( ) reports that new conditions in the permit mean plant owner Entergy Nuclear may have to curb discharges this fall so the temperature of the river stays at or below 69 degrees. The current limit is 71.

River water doesn't come into contact with radioactive materials.

Environmental groups had fought Entergy for years about the permit because of the effect of the higher temperatures on fish, particularly the migrating American shad during the spring.

Last August, Entergy announced it would close the plant by the end of this year.

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