Town looks ahead to life after Vermont Yankee is razed

In this June 19, 2013 photo, the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station sits along the banks of the Connecticut River in Vernon, Vt. Entergy Corp., announced Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, it will shut down the nuclear power plant by end of 2014, ending a long legal battle with the state. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
In this June 19, 2013 photo, the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station sits along the banks of the Connecticut River in Vernon, Vt. Entergy Corp., announced Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, it will shut down the nuclear power plant by end of 2014, ending a long legal battle with the state. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot) –Toby Talbot / AP

VERNON, Vt. (AP) — Residents of the town Vernon are coming to terms with a future without Vermont Yankee. They’re also thinking about what to do with the space once the nuclear power plant is gone.

The process of razing the plant will begin next year if the state approves the pending sale.

And the town is working with the decommissioning company, Northstar Services, to figure out what to do with the 100 acres around the plant.

Vermont Public Radio reports one of the ideas is creating a village center.

The plant was a major economic driver in Vernon before it closed in December 2014. Patty O’Donnell, a former Vernon state representative, says it takes time to figure out the direction. She says the community is now on its way “to a new future.”

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