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With Nuclear Plants Closing, NRC Revises Rules on Reactor Decommissioning

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With eight U.S. reactors set to shut down, federal regulators are revising the rules nuclear power plant owners must follow when they close a nuclear power plant.

Across the United States, eight nuclear power plants are either shutting down, or soon will be, including Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, which will close by 2019.

But just because a plant will stop generating electricity doesn't mean there aren't safety and security issues that still need addressing.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is revising the rules for how plants shut down and what owners must provide once the turbine is off. Regulators are asking for public input through January 4, 2016. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan to learn more.