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Nuclear waste being hauled out of Wisconsin plant via LaCrosse Tribune

A massive project to remove decades-old radioactive waste from a western Wisconsin power plant is finally under way following five years of planning.

The Dairyland Power Cooperative shut down its La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor in Genoa about 25 years ago. The plant maintained the radioactive waste in “wet storage,” an expensive process that requires clean water along with electrical and mechanical systems.

Plant officials wanted to save money by sealing the waste in huge tanks. Transferring the used-up fuel into concrete-lined storage vats will take a crew of 40 people working two shifts a day for most of the summer to finish the project, following strict regulations and handling casks that weigh almost 100 tons. It will also cost as much as $45 million.

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