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Vt. begins shipping radioactive waste to Lone Star state via Brattleboro Reformer

MONTPELIER — Nearly 20 years after the Vermont and Texas Legislatures first agreed to have Vermont ship low-level radioactive waste to the Lone Star State, the first shipments of waste have been made.

A 30-gallon drum containing wastes from the University of Vermont and Burlington’s Fletcher Allen Health Care hospital was received and placed in its permanent home in a West Texas disposal site earlier this month, officials said Wednesday at a Statehouse meeting of the Texas-Vermont Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact Commission.

The generator of more than 90 percent of Vermont’s low-level waste, the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vernon made its first shipment in September, with two more to be completed by next week.

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