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Entergy Wholesale Commodities president Bill Mohl speaks at a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in Brattleboro, Vt., to announce the closing of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station by end of 2014.  The company will shut down the power plant in Vernon, Vt., by end of 2014, ending a long legal battle with the state. (AP Photo/Matthew Cavanaugh)
Entergy Wholesale Commodities president Bill Mohl speaks at a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in Brattleboro, Vt., to announce the closing of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station by end of 2014. The company will shut down the power plant in Vernon, Vt., by end of 2014, ending a long legal battle with the state. (AP Photo/Matthew Cavanaugh)
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(AP) The next big fight over the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant may be over how long plant owner Entergy Corp. is given to dismantle the reactor.


Battle lines were being drawn Tuesday, just hours after New Orleans-based Entergy announced that it would close Vermont's lone nuclear plant at the end of its current fuel cycle in the fall of 2014.


Entergy CEO Leo Denault says the company wants to use a technique called "safe-store," in which the reactor is mothballed for up to 60 years while its radioactive components cool and become easier to handle when they're eventually removed.


Vermont's elected officials who have been trying to get the plant to shut down since its initial license expired last year say they want decommissioning to occur much more quickly.


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